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Monitoring Dental Health With Regular Checkups

When you visit us for a dental checkup, we’ll follow the same basic steps at each appointment.

Woman smiling up at her dentist

Oral Examination

First, your dentist will evaluate your mouth and make notes of any spots that appear to be abnormal. They’ll look for cavities and signs of oral health problems such as gum disease. The dentist may also ask you about any tooth sensitivity you may have.

X-Rays

Next, your dentist will take X-rays of your teeth to see if there are any issues (decay between the teeth or problems within the bone) that need to be addressed. X-rays complement a doctor’s visual examination allowing them to see between the teeth and under the gums.

Cleaning

Your dentist will then perform a professional teeth cleaning to help improve and maintain your dental hygiene.

Sealant

Sealants are used by dental professionals to prevent the bacteria that cause decay from starting cavities in the grooves and pits on ones teeth.

Screening

At every visit your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening to check for signs of abnormal tissues in the oral cavity.

Things to Mention at Your Dental Checkup

Before, during, or after your dental checkup, you will have time to voice any concerns you have about your dental health.

Bad Breath

Causes of halitosis include infrequent brushing and flossing, gum disease, smoking, and more. If you brush frequently but still experience bad breath, discuss potential causes with your dentist.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria found in plaque, and calculus. Gum disease is a form of periodontitis that can lead to the premature loss of teeth. Be sure to discuss preventative measures with your dentist.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a very common concern. Be sure to discuss any tooth sensitivity you have with your dentist as there are many options that make this problem treatable.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be caused by certain diseases and by taking some prescription medications. Dry mouth can cause; decay to become more prevalent, sores in the mouth, cracked lips, dry tongue, and more. Talk to your dentist about ways to care for this issue at home.

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