On Wednesday, we discussed the importance of having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. But what about a routine checkup? Often performed in the same visit as your cleaning, an exam is an essential part of maintaining a healthy, attractive smile. Otherwise, seemingly minor issues can go unnoticed and progress, eventually threatening the health and stability of your smile. Do you need a checkup?
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- True or False: We will use advanced technology as part of your exam.
- True or False: You should see the dentist twice a year.
- True or False: We will look for signs of multiple issues.
- True or False: Checkups can help ease anxiety in children.
- True. Frist, we will take your complete medical and dental history into account. Then, we will examine your smile using panoramic and digital x-rays, which provide clear and concise pictures of your oral health. In some cases, we may also take digital photographs or create wax models.
- True. We recommend a checkup at least once every six months.
- True. The doctor will look for possible warning signs of common oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gingivitis. The dentist also watches for signs of serious issues, including oral cancer and periodontal disease. Finally, the doctor will take a look at your jaw joint for indicators of TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding).
- True. When kids undergo routine exams they become accustomed to the dentist’s office. Over time, they develop a lower risk of dental anxiety and may be more likely to continue seeing the dentist later in life. As with adults, children need to have their teeth and gums examined once every six months. If you have any questions or if you would to schedule exams for your family, then contact our office today.
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