The unknown can cause a significant amount of stress. Many people avoid going to the dentist due to the fear, stress, or anxiety that it produces. Knowing exactly what to expect during your routine dental exam can help you reduce any feelings of stress and take proper care of your teeth.
The very first thing you will do is check in with the receptionist. Try to arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out any necessary paperwork. If you are a new patient, they will need your medical history, as well.
A dental hygienist or Certified Dental Assistant will perform a physical examination of your mouth. They will check for swelling of the gums, mouth sores, redness, tooth decay, and more. This process involves using a metal prodding tool and an angled mirror.
After the physical exam, the hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth. They will begin by scraping off plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. Once tartar has formed, the only way to get it off is through a dental visit, so this step is particularly important. They will then floss around each individual tooth. After flossing, the hygienist will polish the teeth with an electric toothbrush. Finally, they may perform a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth.
Dental x-rays are usually taken once a year. They allow your dentist to find internal problems that may not be visible through a physical exam.
Another examination will be done by the dentist. They will use your x-rays, as well as look for issues with jaw alignment, teeth grinding, and oral cancer.
Finally, your dentist will provide the results of your exam. They will give advice pertaining to the following procedures. You may be required to schedule additional appointments, or they may advise you on how to improve your oral hygiene practices.
If you need another appointment to fix a dental issue, you’ll schedule the appointment after you finish with the dentist. Otherwise, you’ll schedule your next routine appointment in 6 months!
Regular dental appointments are vital in keeping your mouth healthy. To schedule your routine dental exam, contact us at Mills River Family Dental today.