Why Regular Dental Check-Ups Are Recommended

We know that some people are just not used to going to the dentist regularly and may think they should go in only when it is absolutely necessary. There are many reasons why some avoid periodic visits to a dental office. It could be due to the cost, dental anxiety, or simply fear of judgment.

Others believe that their oral health is already fine because they brush their teeth regularly and do not have any problems just yet (like pain or visible damage). And, even though it is excellent that they maintain dental hygiene habits, there are things you can not get rid of without the help of a professional. Tartar and cavities are perfect examples of issues that can escalate and bring more severe problems for your teeth and gums in the future if not checked by a dentist.

Getting dental check-ups every six months is simply another form of self-care, just as drinking enough water or eating healthy. Investing in your oral health is investing in your overall well being, and that includes your long-term finances.

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What Happens In a Dental Check-Up?

There are a few things that your Clairemont dentist will have to perform to make sure they do not miss anything, and they are able to give you the most accurate diagnosis:

Clinical evaluation: they will start examining your entire mouth, see what is the current condition of your teeth and gums, look for any visible cavities, tartar, or plaque. See if you have any loose or broken teeth and any other worrying signs.
FMX (Full Mouth Xrays): these are very important to detect any cavities hiding between your teeth. Generally, X-rays allow your dentist to have a better look at every single tooth and diagnose appropriately if any more issues need to be taken care of.

Intraoral pictures: photographs not only are useful to have a more in-depth examination of your condition but are also necessary for your records and to compare how your dental health has improved over time.
Dental Chart: with all the information that your dentist has gathered from the evaluation, they will create a dental chart, which will serve as a great tool to organize and mark important notes on your case.

Dental diagnosis: in this step, your dentist will discuss the current condition of your oral health. Depending on what they find, they might give you advice on preventive measures that will improve it or prevent further issues. If anything needs to be taken care of, they might recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment to look into it in more detail.
Treatment plan: if your dentist finds an issue that will involve a lengthy process, they will give you a treatment plan. This is for you to be aware of what you can expect regarding the treatment procedures and the cost.

Cleaning: once your dentist has checked and discussed everything with you, they will proceed with routine cleaning. This will help to eliminate superficial buildups like plaque, tartar, and stains.

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What Happens In a Dental Check-Up?

There are a few things that your Clairemont dentist will have to perform to make sure they do not miss anything, and they are able to give you the most accurate diagnosis:

Clinical evaluation: they will start examining your entire mouth, see what is the current condition of your teeth and gums, look for any visible cavities, tartar, or plaque. See if you have any loose or broken teeth and any other worrying signs.

FMX (Full Mouth Xrays): these are very important to detect any cavities hiding between your teeth. Generally, X-rays allow your dentist to have a better look at every single tooth and diagnose appropriately if any more issues need to be taken care of.

Intraoral pictures: photographs not only are useful to have a more in-depth examination of your condition but are also necessary for your records and to compare how your dental health has improved over time.

Dental Chart: with all the information that your dentist has gathered from the evaluation, they will create a dental chart, which will serve as a great tool to organize and mark important notes on your case.

Dental diagnosis: in this step, your dentist will discuss the current condition of your oral health. Depending on what they find, they might give you advice on preventive measures that will improve it or prevent further issues. If anything needs to be taken care of, they might recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment to look into it in more detail.

Treatment plan: if your dentist finds an issue that will involve a lengthy process, they will give you a treatment plan. This is for you to be aware of what you can expect regarding the treatment procedures and the cost.

Cleaning: once your dentist has checked and discussed everything with you, they will proceed with routine cleaning. This will help to eliminate superficial buildups like plaque, tartar, and stains.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Check-Ups?

Dental check-ups play an essential role in oral health. As we mentioned before, even though you might keep a good routine to maintain your teeth clean (which is great), there are things you can not eliminate yourself. Besides, suppose you do not go to the dentist for an extended period of time. In that case, you will not be able to prevent some conditions that could arouse, and that will require a visit to the dentist that could end up costing you more than it would have had if you went regularly and were able to prevent it.

Many conditions can not be detected by just looking at your teeth in the mirror every morning. That is why X-rays and thorough examinations are necessary. They can end up revealing conditions like cancerous tumors, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, among others.

As you can see, dental health does not only have to do with pretty teeth. It can also affect your overall health and emotional state due to unwanted diseases. It is something you need to monitor with the help of a professional who can guide you to the best oral wellness. You deserve it.

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What Are the Hygiene Measures You Should Take Between Dental Check-Ups?

The fresh, nice feeling after getting a professional cleaning will not last for six months. You should learn how to maintain it in between the visits to your dentist. You might not believe it, but it is much easier to keep a healthy mouth by yourself. Since plaque does not stop forming in your teeth, it is crucial that you keep up with regular dental hygiene habits at home.

Generally, the recommendations will be to brush your teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste. What this does is to protect your teeth against cavities and make your teeth stronger. As an additional tip, try to brush your teeth gently. We know that you might have the misconception that you will get them cleaner by doing it aggressively. However, doing it that way can make your teeth more sensitive and even cause gum recession.

Flossing daily is a very beneficial step to remove plaque, reduce gingivitis risk, or remove food stuck between your teeth. So, you should also consider adding it to your routine. To have a fresh breath and control plaque bacteria use mouthwash as well. You should use it once you brushed your teeth to have better results.

Changing some eating and daily habits could also help your dental health, like reducing soda intake. Their ingredients are quite harmful to your teeth, making you more vulnerable to getting cavities. On the other hand, it is very well-known that smoking is just straight-up terrible for your teeth. You should maybe consider stop smoking gradually as it makes you more susceptible to tooth decay, tooth loss, and even oral cancer.

It is never late to start taking care of yourself. If you want to start getting more involved in this part of your health, do not hesitate to contact us. Our San Diego dentists will help you achieve a healthy smile and go on this journey with you.

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