If you’re like millions of other Americans, the odds are good that you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, possibly since you first moved out of your parent’s house. Your reasons may range from a lack of dental insurance to a severe case of dentophobia (a fear of the dentist, a genuine condition). Even if you’ve been diligent about keeping up your oral hygiene routine, there’s a distinct possibility that the lack of appropriate dental care from a professional has resulted in the creeping doom of periodontitis slipping its way into the hard to reach areas in your mouth. In any case, it’s time to get into the office and see your dentist, and here’s what you should expect along the way.
What Happens During A Typical Checkup?
Most dental checkups are relatively straightforward, mostly involving a conversation with your dentist about your oral health and a few simple procedures to check the current health of your teeth and gums. During your exam, your practitioner will take the time to locate problem areas and provide you with expert advice on how to attend to these areas and prevent periodontitis, gingivitis, abscesses, and cavities between visits. Those problem areas they identify will receive a little extra attention and more thorough instruction to help protect your teeth and your oral health for years to come.
A Persistent Routine Protects Your Teeth And Cleans Your Gums
Tartar is a problem faced by everyone who has teeth, even those who have a meticulous dental care routine that they keep up. Tartar is the substance that forms when plaque is left on your teeth and often occurs in the cracks, crevices, and hidden parts of your teeth even in the face of meticulous care. Using professional techniques and a tool known as a scaler your dentist will remove all the tartar that has built up on your teeth. Following the removal of this tartar, your teeth will be polished with a mild abrasive to help create a smooth surface that fights plaque.
They’ll Monitor Your Oral Health Carefully
Not all dental concerns have to do with proper cleaning and flossing of your teeth; sometimes there are outside elements or other forces in play that can lead to a concern over your oral health. Consider teeth grinding, for instance. A habit of grinding your teeth can be the result of stress in your day to day life, a simple nervous habit, or even something you do while you’re asleep that you’re utterly unaware of. In all these cases there is a significant amount of wear happening to your teeth, and your dentist may have solutions to help prevent them. Other conditions the dentist will check for is clicking in your TMJ, the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. The last thing they’ll check for are signs of oral cancer that may appear in the oral cavity (your mouth).
If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen your dentist, it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment. If you’ve recently moved into the Houston, TX area and are looking for a new dentist then consider giving Dan Hoang DDS & Associates a call. Dr. Hoang works with his expert team to service the people of Houston with exceptional dental care, and they’d be happy to add you to their family of patients.