What to Expect During Dental Exams and Cleanings
One of the most dreadful things for most people is the dentist’s office. The strange noises, the prodding and the occasional discomfort make the dentist’s office bottom of the pecking order when it comes to overall health care. The fear is understandable, but it is not necessary.
There are a host of dental procedures that range from the most complex reconstructions to simple procedures like teeth cleaning. Teeth cleaning is a painless and straightforward process.
A dental examination carried out by our dentist in Scarborough is not a horrifying process but a necessary part of oral health. If you have a clear picture of what is going to happen, there will be no need for panic or fear.
Quick Facts About Dental Exams
In a nutshell, a complete dental exam involves checkup of your gums and teeth. Ideally, most adults and children are supposed to get an oral exam every six months. This is critical for protecting your oral health.
Your oral health is more important than you think since some diseases are directly affected by your oral hygiene like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Typically, a dental examination can be performed by both our dentist in Scarborough and a dental hygienist. The difference between the two is that a dentist is trained to care for your gums and teeth. A hygienist, on the other hand, is trained in teeth cleaning.
What Is a Dental Exam Used for?
It is used to find gum disease and tooth decay. It can be used for early detection of some other oral health problems, which makes their treatment more manageable. The oral exams are also an excellent tool to help educate you on the best methods of caring for your gums and teeth.
Why Do You Need a Dental Exam?
On average, adults and children need only two visits a year. But if you have gingivitis (swollen and inflamed gums) or any other problem, your appointments will be more frequent. You will need at least three visits a year.
Six months after the first teeth emerge, your children should also start seeing our dentist. The visits can increase depending on the results of the dental exams. These regular visits are the key to maintaining good oral health. Here are some of the benefits of regular visits and exams:
- Checking for gum disease
- Teeth Whitening
- Checking for tooth decay
- Maintaining overall health
- Detecting oral cancers
- Preventing tooth loss
What to Expect During an Exam?
It is okay if you are unfamiliar with what happens during a typical oral exam. Our dentist uses this systematic process to investigate the different areas of your oral health to identify the problems and customize a treatment plan suited to your problem.
A visit to our dentist’s office typically constitutes of cleaning of your teeth, X-Rays on specific visits, and a mouth checkup.
During cleaning, expect the following:
- You will sit on a large chair with a bright light shining above you. Our dentist or hygienist will start cleaning your teeth using the appropriate dental tools. Our hygienist will scrape your teeth to remove tartar and plaque. If you have gum disease, expect dental scaling, which goes slightly below the gum line to remove the plaque.
- Then flossing of your teeth will follow.
- A unique electrical toothbrush will be used to brush your teeth.
- You might receive a fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay.
- You will get some tips at the end of the procedure on the correct brushing and flossing techniques.
At times, X-Rays are necessary. This is what happens during an X-Ray:
- Our dentist will place a lead apron on your chest, and additional covering may be used for your neck. These coverings are necessary to help protect you from unnecessary exposure to radiation.
- You will then bite down a piece of plastic.
- A scanner which is placed outside your mouth will take a picture of your mouth.
Our dentist during a checkup will:
- Check your X-Rays for cavities and other oral problems.
- Check your bite and see whether your teeth fit together correctly, if not, you will be referred to an orthodontist.
- Look and determine whether your teeth and gums are healthy.
- Check for oral cancer by feeling under your jaw or looking at the sides of your tongue.
How to Prepare for an Oral Exam
Certain conditions will warrant that you take some antibiotics before coming in for an oral exam. These conditions are:
- Immune system disorders
- Heart problems
- Recent surgery
If you are a bit unsure if you should take the antibiotics or not, talk it over with our dentist in My Dentist @ Middlefield once you arrive. We have a team ready for you, to settle any concerns or anxieties you might have.