Dental checkups are an essential part of your oral health routine. They help maintain your teeth and gums and ensure you do not develop any issues that may require the attention of a dentist. At Advanced Dentistry Of Walnut Creek, we recommend our patients undergo a dental checkup at least once every six months.
What Is Included in a Dental Checkup?
Dental checkups are standard exams performed by dentists. Our dental checkups include the following procedures:
Oral exam: Oral exams involve taking an overall look at your mouth and identifying any changes in your teeth and gums. During this exam, our dentist will examine your teeth and gums to see if they have any plaque or tartar buildup, cavities, or any signs of periodontal disease.
Examine the soft tissues: The soft tissues in your mouth will also be evaluated during the exam. We will look for signs of oral cancer and other growths that may have begun to develop. The tongue and cheek will be checked for lesions, bumps, or sores, which may be indicative of oral cancer.
Oral hygiene assessment: Your ability to properly clean your teeth will be assessed during this process to ensure you are using proper brushing and flossing techniques. If you need to make any changes to your brushing or flossing routines, our dentist will provide instruction on how to improve them.
X-rays: X-rays are helpful tools when diagnosing issues in your mouth. We may use X-rays to determine if you have an abscessed tooth, cavities, gum disease, or a damaged tooth that needs to be treated. They can also help us determine if there is a problem with the bone structure in your mouth.
Nutritional assessment: If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, we may recommend making adjustments to your nutritional intake and urge you to change your eating habits.
Dental cleanings: A dental cleaning is performed at the end of your regular checkup session. During this procedure, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth using ultrasonic scalers and polishing agents.If you are not receiving regular dental cleanings, we encourage you to visit us for a dental checkup as soon as possible so that we can evaluate your oral health and recommend the next step in maintaining it.
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