By Douglas Eades, DDS
September 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentistry   Dental Visit  

Here is what you should expect during your next six-month checkup.

Maybe it’s been a while since your last dental visit. It’s OK to admit it; we won’t take it personally. There are a myriad of reasons why people don’t see their dentist as much as they should. Whether your schedule has just been too busy or you feel anxious when it comes to your regular dental visits, your Royal Oak family dentist is happy to assist you in any way to make sure your next trip to the office is smooth sailing.Teeth Cleaning

Your Dental Visit Checklist

So what can you expect when you walk through our front doors? Of course, we offer a listening ear, a skilled and gentle touch, and a commitment to your dental health. You should expect nothing less. However, when it comes down to your routine checkups, here is what you should expect:
  • An evaluation of both your general and oral health
  • An evaluation regarding potential decay or gum disease
  • An examination of your bite and jaws to pinpoint any issues
  • The removal of stains and plaque from your teeth
  • Recommended tips and techniques to help with at-home cleanings
  • Dental X-rays
We will also discuss any health problems you have and any medications you may be taking. You may not realize it but even your general health can affect your teeth and gums. For example, those with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing gum disease; therefore, it’s important that you share your medical history with us. The more we know, the better treatment and care we can give you.

The Power of Dental X-Rays

If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, we will recommend dental X-rays. While we can often detect decay and other issues during a thorough examination, dentists are still human and can only see so much. That’s why we rely on our advanced technology to detect dental damage and other problems that are so subtle that we wouldn’t be able to catch it. X-rays are sensitive and can pinpoint even the slightest problems, which means that we can catch something before it becomes an issue. This means less time, expense and exhaustive treatments to deal with.

An Intense Clean

If you brush daily, you might wonder why your dentist also needs to clean your teeth every six months. But the fact remains, no matter how great your toothbrush might be at handling your at-home brushing needs, it doesn’t quite do the same job as our professional tools. Plus, we are trained to get into those hard-to-reach places and we know how to floss like a pro. This means, you’ll be walking out of the office with a deep down clean you can feel.
No matter how long you’ve let your cleanings lapse, it’s never too late to set up your next dental visit with us. Don’t put it off any longer. Call our office and let’s get those teeth sparkling!