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What Happens During a Dental Checkup

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Dick Hikade, DDS
What Happens During a Dental CheckupA dental checkup is the first step in a dental examination. Dental checkups are routine dental procedures carried out by a dental hygienist. Regular dental checkups allow you to get a professional cleaning of the teeth and gums, thereby minimizing the risk of infection and maintaining a healthy dental routine. Besides that, it also helps you maintain a bright smile and enhances your looks.

Everything I Need to Know About a Dental Checkup

During your dental checkup, the oral hygienist will begin by cleaning your teeth using dental cleaning equipment that scrapes and scrubs off tartar and plaque on the teeth surfaces. The teeth are then polished to give a brighter look. At the dentist's request, a dental hygienist will take x-rays of your oral cavity or specified locations and report the findings to the dentist during an oral checkup.

The dentist then checks the teeth and gums, examining the throat, hard and soft pallets, and the neck for any illnesses. X-rays taken are then reviewed, and any abnormalities are spotted, and diagnosis recommended. The dentist discusses other dental procedures you may require to maintain your dental health or achieve your desired preferences. You need not worry, as your dental health status will be revealed to you after a dental checkup and treatment are advised. The checkup also notifies the patient of any specialized treatment they may need, for example, an orthodontist to correct bite asymmetries.
Generally, dental checkups are for everybody and are important to our oral and overall health. Through dental checkups, minor oral illnesses are treated before they advance into more complicated ailments. For children, a regular dental checkup is key to ensuring their oral health is in good condition in the future. Dental checkups are also important for individuals at risk of developing oral diseases like those suffering from health problems like diabetes.

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