Preventive care is essential for avoiding serious complications and protecting your smile. However, preventive care means more than just brushing and flossing your teeth. You also need to make time every few months to see your dentist for an exam and possibly a dental cleaning. Are you ready to schedule your checkup? What do you need to know about this preventive visit?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Checkups
Question: When do I need to schedule a visit?
Answer: We recommend seeing the dentist every six months. The American Dental Association agrees as well. After all, six months is about how long a cavity takes to form. A visit twice a year can help prevent the onset of cavities or allow a doctor to catch them in the early stages. The doctor will also look for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ disorder, and bruxism.
Question: What happens during the exam?
Answer: The doctor will look at your teeth, gums, and jaw for possible signs of trouble. From there, the doctor can recommend treatments to a change in your dental maintenance routine to improve your oral health.
Question: What technology will the doctor use?
Answer: The dentist may use intraoral cameras to obtain clear images of the teeth and gums. Digital x-rays allow the dentist to capture what’s happening beneath the gums instantly, without the use of chemicals for developing. The machine also uses 80% less radiation. For discovering cavities, we will use the DIAGNOdent laser system, which often find signs of trouble before the cavity even develops.
Question: Will the dentist also clean my teeth?
Answer: Yes. Either the dentist or the hygienist will perform a dental cleaning, removing plaque and tartar from the teeth. This preventive procedure can help protect smiles from the onset of gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Schedule a Checkup Today:
If you’re interested in improving the esthetics of your teeth, then give us a call. We can decide which cosmetic treatments will best improve the beauty of your smile. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.