You might have missed your six-month check-up recently. You may have moved to Florida. A new job can quickly take away what free time you have. There may be a lot of family obligations that take up all of your social calendar. Or, just maybe, a global pandemic wound up making your stay at home for several months. Whatever the case, you need to go to the dentist.
Yes, there are other reasons why you might not want to go, with the chief one being that you had a bad experience in the past and now you really do not want to find yourself back in the dental chair. While the fear is a very real one and it does affect you, it’s still important to get dental check-ups.
What Can the Exam Do?
Once you’ve come into the office, been greeted by the dentist/hygienist and made some small talk as you sit in the chair, the work begins. They will take X-rays once a year – this is important since things can happen in between visits and they can look at the new images and catch them. Many are sent immediately to a computer – no waiting for them to be developed. Some offices even have digital X-rays, which can create hi-res images.
After that, they will look at the state of your teeth and gums to see if anything immediately jumps out at them. Are there any obvious cavities? Are there any deep pockets between your gums and teeth? If there are, that’s usually a sign that tartar has hardened under the gumline and will require deep cleaning – otherwise the gum disease could keep progressing and necessitate surgery to prevent infection.
What Can the Cleaning Do?
The dentist or hygienist will do the cleaning and besides looking for any signs of decay or cavities that may have been missed during the initial exam, they will be scraping any plaque that has accumulated above the gumline. One area that tends to get a lot is behind the teeth, so it does help to target those spots while brushing your teeth. It can reduce the work that is being done.
They are also looking out for changes in your mouth that might indicate something like oral cancer. Your head, neck and throat are also areas they will check. It’s all part of keeping your oral health at its peak. Those six-month check-ups can catch things quite early and keep you from possibly getting other conditions like diabetes or even heart disease. It’s a lot more than just giving you a set of shiny teeth.
What Can They Tell You Afterward?
While it may turn out that you have a good visit even despite your extended absence, that doesn’t mean that there are things that you can’t learn. The staff at your dentist’s office can teach you a new method of brushing or flossing. They may have a new type of toothpaste or mouthwash that they think you could benefit from. Learn from these bits of advice and use them for your next appointment… in six months.
Yes, it may seem like those six months can go by in the blink of an eye. You may feel like you just MADE the appointment. It can be easy to just postpone the visit for a bit… but don’t make it too long. That’s how the visits wind up lapsing. Your oral health is extremely important. You only get two sets of teeth in your lifetime… and you don’t want to have to replace missing teeth if you don’t have to. Those visits can catch things before they get worse.
Remember, your dentist wants to work with you to make sure that you have excellent oral health. They will often go out of their way to make things easier – ranging from financing options to using sedatives of different strengths to ease any concerns. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them. Take care of your teeth.
When it comes to taking care of patients, VIP Dental Center are at another level – their staff will pamper you in a spa-like environment. while you’re having your teeth worked on. It’s an experience like no other – and when it’s over, you’ll be shown how to maintain your optimum oral health until your next appointment. Give them a call: 727-787-2424.