Check Up & Clean At Lanta Dente’ – Dental Clinic Thailand
Maintaining good oral health is important to your overall health as well. Learn what to expect from a basic dental checkup.
In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you can help protect your oral health by seeing your dentist regularly for checkups. It’s recommended that most people get a dental checkup every six months, but your dentist may recommend more frequent or fewer visits, depending on your dental health history.
The Dental Checkup: What to Expect
In most cases, the dentist will perform your dental checkup. Not every dentist operates the same way, but a dental checkup typically involves:
Examination. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, to look for changes or signs of a problem (for example, a cavity or gum disease or early signs of oral cancer). During the examination, your dentist may also use a special probe to measure the “pockets” between your teeth and gums, an explorer tool to poke at your teeth and determine if any cavities are present, and a mouth mirror to get a better view of the sides and back of your teeth. If you have any visible problems, your dentist may recommend a particular treatment.
X-rays. At some of your dental visits, your dentist may decide to take X-rays of your teeth to look for decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. X-rays expose you to radiation so in order to avoid having them done more than necessary, bring copies of previous X-rays with you when you’re visiting a new dentist.
Since your oral health is closely related to your overall health, it’s important to communicate any concerns or problems you are having with your dentist.
Let your dentist know if you suffer from dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is common, and your dentist can work with you to make you more comfortable during your checkup.
Talk with your dentist about any problems or changes you’ve noticed with your teeth, gums, or the inside of your mouth. The earlier your dentist knows about pain, sensitivity, or a suspicious lump, the earlier he or she can diagnose and treat it.
Cleaning and polishing:
Your dentist will use a special instrument called a hand scaler or ultrasonic dental instrument to scrape and remove the tartar from your teeth. He or she will then polish your teeth, often with a rotating rubber cup or brush, to remove any remaining plaque or stains.
Education. After the cleaning, your dentist will discuss any dental hygiene problems that were detected, and show you how to brush and floss more effectively, if necessary.