Posted February 24, 2011
How often do you schedule a dental examination to have your teeth checked and cleaned?
About one-third of Americans do not schedule regular dental visits. But dental checkups are important to helping you maintain your teeth and overall health.
During a dental examination, here is what to expect:
- Initial consultation – your dentist and dental team members are trained professionals who will work together to review your oral health and identify any dental or health needs; review your medical and dental histories and discuss any previous or current oral health concerns
- X-rays – a series of partial- or full-mouth X-rays may be taken to identify cavities or other dental problems not apparent during a visual review
- Teeth cleaning and polishing – the dentist or hygienist will remove any plaque on or between your teeth and then apply a tooth polish; proper brushing and flossing techniques may be reviewed
- Examination – your dentist will review the X-rays and conduct a visual evaluation of your teeth and gums and look for any symptoms of oral cancer or other health concerns, such as diabetes, stroke, respiratory conditions or rheumatoid arthritis
- Treatment plan – once the examination is complete, your dentist will review your oral health and options for any treatment or follow-up care; additional appointments may be set up as well as a date for your next six-month checkup and cleaning to help you maintain good oral health
If you do not have a dentist , review this blog for tips on finding a dental professional who will meet your needs.
How often do you have your teeth cleaned and oral health evaluated? How do you take care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis? – Karen Gustin, Ameritas Group