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Check In and Check Up

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Going to the dentist is not just about getting your teeth cleaned and having twice-a-year fluoride treatment. While these two things are essential parts of your dental visit, other important things are happening while you're in the chair, too. Learn the ins and outs of the dental exam and why making - and keeping - your dental appointment is so necessary.

Anything New? Most dentists or hygienists like to do a quick check to see if anything has changed since your last visit. Be sure to let them know if you're taking any new medications or if anything has changed with your health. Be sure to mention any oral health concerns you may be having as well, such as pain, changes in your teeth or mouth, and persistent bad breath or dry mouth.

On to the Exam. The next step is going to be the exam of the mouth, teeth and tissues that surround the teeth. During this part of the exam, we are checking for tooth and root decay, signs of gum disease, and bite and jaw issues. We are also looking for face, neck and mouth abnormalities and signs of oral cancer.

At this time, we will usually talk about your diet, lifestyle and oral hygiene habits; take dental X-rays if necessary; and talk to you about any restorative needs you have.

Now for Cleaning. Having a professional cleaning at least twice a year is significant - no matter how well you brush (and floss) the rest of the year! During your cleaning, we use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and clean along your gum line. Your teeth are then polished, and fluoride treatment is applied.

Do You Need Professional Cleanings? Yes, you do. While we know you work hard to keep your teeth healthy by brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day, you should still have your teeth cleaned by a professional dental hygienist or dentist at least twice a year.

Have you scheduled your cleaning with us? Give us a call at 623-748-5162 to get your appointment on our calendar!

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