Visiting a dentist for a dental check-up and cleaning can be daunting when it’s been a long time since your last visit. Many people don’t know what to expect, which causes a lot of stress and anxiety. In reality, a dental check-up and cleaning appointment is quite a simple and stress-free experience. To minimise your anxiety, V Care Dental details what you can expect when you go in for your next check-up.
The dentist will introduce themselves and ask about your dental history. This includes whether this is your first dental check-up and cleaning appointment or whether you’ve been to this particular dental clinic before. The dentist may also ask if there have been any recent changes to your health, including the introduction of any new medications. It’s important to be open and honest with your dentist, as some procedures can’t be completed when suffering from certain medical conditions.
Next, it’s time for the dentist to start working on the inside of your mouth. The dentist will give your teeth a thorough clean to wash off plaque that’s built up above and below the gum line, finishing with a tooth polisher that gets rid of any residue that’s been previously missed. This will leave your teeth feeling smooth and clean.
During your dental check-up and cleaning appointment, your teeth will be examined with a metal probe that has a small angled mirror. This mirror helps the dentist to see behind and in between your teeth and gums. The dentist will check for any softening of tooth enamel and gum swelling and redness that may lead to gum disease. Your dentist will also inspect the grooves of your teeth and check for any cracks or grind marks.
Finally, the dentist may take an x-ray of your mouth. This involves biting down on a piece of specially designed plastic to take an x-ray that shows the insides of your teeth, roots and jaw bone. Afterwards, the dentist will examine your x-rays, looking for signs of bone loss, fractures and other abnormalities.
Your appointment will end with your dentist advising you on the result of your dental examination. Depending on the outcome, you may need to improve your dental hygiene at home or schedule another appointment at the clinic.
To book a dental check-up and cleaning appointment, contact V Care Dental today. Our team can help you with all your dental concerns.