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We all know the importance of visiting the dentist, but most of us still don’t do it. Most people say the reason they don’t go to the dentist is because of fear or apprehensive of what they are going to find. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, you might be wondering what happens with a traditional dental exam. While a dental exam is going to change case by case, a standard exam is going to have several key factors.
Having consistent dentist visits is important in having a healthy smile and preventing any oral complications, so how do that do that? With every dental visit, the dentist is going to clean your teeth, look for any cavities or tooth decay, and also check for signs of gum disease. They will look for any chipped or broken teeth. Finding these problems before they become too bad can save you pain and trouble down the road.
During your visit, the dentist will also talk to you about how you can improve your oral health. Simple things like correct brushing technique or spots that you could be missing when you’re brushing. Some cavities arise just because you are missing them, not because you are not taking care of your teeth. Maybe you aren’t brushing long enough, or maybe you’re using the wrong kind of toothbrush. Simple things like these are something that you can discuss with your dentist during your visit. If you have any confusion or questions about proper oral hygiene, your dentist or dental assistant will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.
But going to the dentist is more than just checking for cavities and cleaning your teeth. They will also look at much more involved aspects of you mouth and oral health. They will also check your jaw and bite for any problems or misalignment. They will check your throat for any complications and diseases as well. As well as look at your lymph nodes. This will show if you have any problems with your jaw joints or swelling in your lymph nodes that could be symptoms of much larger problems.
Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve been to the dentist, you may also have x-rays done to look at your jaw and get a better idea of the condition of your teeth. These x-rays can detect a lot of problems that the dentist would be able to see otherwise. Similarly, the dentist may also recommend doing a Panoramic X-ray, which provides a full view of both your upper and lower jaw. The machines that complete the x-rays emit very few rays, but if you are pregnant, you should inform your dentist before doing any x-rays.
One of the most common questions we hear is, “how often should I go to the dentist?”, and there is no exact period, but most dental professionals suggest at least every three to six months. The frequency of your visits is going to depend on the condition of your mouth and teeth and if they need any extra care. After you initial visit with the dentist, they will tell you when they recommend you should schedule your next visit, but you should never go more than six months without a visit.
The Importance of Regular Visits
Much like getting the oil changed in your car is essential for the life of your vehicle, going for regular dentist visits is just as important. A lot of people think that as long as they continue to brush and floss regularly that going to the dentist is nothing more than a waste of time and money. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s almost impossible to maintain perfect oral health or even close to it without working closely with your dentist. Without going to the dentist, you’re putting yourself at risk for cavities, teeth growing too closely together or too far apart, gum disease, and worse. Aside from these complications, there is also a lot you can tell about your overall health from looking at your mouth. Your dentist may be able to recommend you to a doctor for things like diabetes or any vitamin deficiency.
If there are any severe problems with your teeth the dentist can recommend you take drastic actions like getting dentures, having teeth pulled, or getting fillings for your teeth.
Even if you don’t love going to the dentist (don’t worry a lot of people don’t), it’s important that you conquer you fear and go anyways. Avoiding the dentist can be awful for your oral health, and it can also lead to tooth pain and some heavy bills if you ignore it long enough. Save yourself tons of pain and cash by scheduling dentist appointments at least twice a year. Your mouth and wallet with thank you later.
Dr.Goldsmith is happy to work with patients during their regular dental exams. The importance of oral health is always in their forefront of his mind when working with patients. It’s our goal to make the experience as easy and painless as possible. Standard dental exams are only one of the dozens of services that we offer. Don’t wait any longer, schedule your appointment today!