Dental anxiety holds millions in its grips. Unfortunately, this causes these same millions of people to hold back from regularly visiting their dentist, and because of this, they are at a much higher dental risk. Regularly visiting your dentist is an integral part of your oral health. Once every six months is about how often you should be getting a dental checkup. Knowing what to expect at the dental office can relieve some of the anxiety you may have.
What to do Before the Checkup
You can prepare a before your checkup to help the process go more smoothly and help your dentist to more fully care for your individual needs. Gathering your family medical history isn’t usually something people think of when it comes to the dentist but knowing that information can help your dentist understand your risks for more serious problems down the line.
It is also best if you become familiar with your insurance plan. Understanding how much coverage you have for your dental needs will help you become more familiar with the cost of your dental needs.
What Happens During the Appointment?
First of all, if this is your first dental checkup in years, you will become familiar with the dentist. You will discuss your family medical history, your current oral care routine, as well as what your dental goals are.
X-rays are typically given to patients on their first visit, or if it has been a long time. This is so your dentist can fully understand your teeth and can therefore care for your oral needs the best possible way.
Dental cleaning is the next step. Your dentist or hygienist will give your mouth a deep clean. They will scrape off the hardened dental plaque that is stuck to your teeth, polish them, and give you a thorough flossing.
Dental exams or checkups are nothing to fear! They are, however, extremely important to your oral health. Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to identify small problems before they become big ones. Stop into our office for a dental checkup today!