A typical dental visit involves the following:
- Medical health review: You will be asked to report any medications you are taking, recent illnesses, surgeries, and any other health concerns. It's important to make sure there are no medical concerns that could influence your treatment.
- Pre-cancer screening: Anything unusual around your face, head, and neck areas will be recorded and assessed accordingly. Areas inside your mouth are also looked at such as your tongue, gums, throat, and cheeks. By catching problems early when they are smaller and most often treatable, you can avoid more complicated and serious situations.
- Oral health assessment: Plaque levels and tartar build-up are assessed, inflammation in your gums may be measured and documented, and X-rays may be taken if needed. These are all considered when determining your oral health.
- Oral hygiene regimen: Based on your oral health assessment, a customized oral hygiene regimen will be recommended. This may include brushing techniques using a toothbrush and a comprehensive toothpaste to help protect against plaque and gingivitis.
- Dental exam: Your dentist will assess your mouth and each tooth carefully, discussing and taking note of any concerns such as cavities, gum disease, broken fillings, and restorations.
- Cleaning: Once you've been assessed, any plaque and tartar will be removed using a combination of hand instruments and a vibrating ultrasonic instrument. Stains on the surface of teeth can be removed and polished using paste.
- Optional procedures: You may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, a desensitizing agent may also be applied. If you have deep pit and fissures, sealants can be placed for cavity prevention.
At the end of the appointment, your dental care provider will let you know when your next appointment will be. Sticking to a schedule will help maintain your oral health and help you have a healthier smile.
What you can do between dental visits Between dental visits it's important to follow the oral hygiene routine recommended by your dental professional. Cleaning your teeth twice a day with a toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste helps prevent dental problems by effectively and safely removing plaque. Using floss everyday helps to clean between the teeth, helping to prevent gingivitis, cavities, and other dental problems.