Ask any dentist in the country, you should be seeing a dentist for a regular checkup at least twice per year. In fact, almost every dental insurance plan provides some form of coverage for two dental checkups each year. So you might be wondering, why are these checkups so important, or what happens during these checkups? Well, different dental practices might have different treatments and procedures available. However, there are some elements of dental cleanings and checkups that are pretty standard across the board. In this article, we will cover some of the important elements of cleanings and exams, as well as why you should schedule them. One other quick note. For some kids, learning what to expect at a kid’s dental checkup can help alleviate some anxiety. Many kids have a fear of the unknown, and getting a look into what to expect at a dental visit can definitely help with that.
What Are Dental Exams?
One of the most important elements of a dental visit is the exam. An exam is often conducted both by the dentist and by the hygienist. A small mirror is used to perform a visual inspection of the teeth and gums for any obvious signs of decay or damage. During this visual exam, your dental team is looking for signs of gum disease, dental decay, or other serious issues. Once per year, it is common to get dental x-rays, to help the team see areas that they can’t visually see like under the gums or between the teeth.
Plaque and tartar are almost impossible to remove with normal brushing and flossing at home. Even if you have perfect brushing and flossing habits at home, plaque and tartar can form around the gumline. A dental hygienist can use scraping tools to remove the plaque and tartar and prevent both dental cavities & infection as well as gum disease. Your dentist will also floss and brush your teeth and can help provide any feedback or tips/techniques to improve your oral care at home.
Sealants & Fluoride Treatments
Another element of dental visits is preventative care to ensure that your teeth and gums are protected from potential damage. This includes fluoride treatments and might include dental sealants to protect the tops of your teeth. Fluoride protects your teeth by strengthening the enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth).
Meeting With The Dentist
Traditionally, dental exams and cleanings end with a meeting with the dentist. If there are any obvious issues that they noticed in the dental x-rays or during the cleaning like cavities or other problems, they might recommend a future dental visit to handle the cavity, gum disease, or other issues.
Make Dental Appointments in Lewiston Maine
If you live in the Lewiston Maine area and are interested in setting up a dental exam for yourself or a member of your family please give us a call. We would be happy to discuss dental services for you and your family members.