Preparing for Your Next Dental Checkup

When life gets hectic, it can be easy to let routine health care appointments slide. In the case of the dentist, anxiety can prevent you from setting your next visit. Not many people enjoy going to the dentist, but it’s a crucial part of keeping your mouth healthy. Avoid deep cavities and other tooth problems when you have regular care every six months. Here’s what to expect.

Arrival

When you step foot into the dental center Seattle WA, you will need to check in with the receptionist. Once it is your turn, a dental hygienist will come out to greet you and take you back to get you as comfortable as possible in your chair before they begin. The hygienist will also check your history, and collect information if it’s your first visit.

Cleaning

One of the longest parts of the dental visit is tooth cleaning. Hygienists carefully scrape off excess plaque and tarter near the gumline, thoroughly floss between each tooth and shine them up with a spinning brush of polisher. Once the teeth are clean, the hygienist checks for softening enamel, swelling gums or redness that may be the first sign of an issue.

X-rays

An x-ray of your mouth can be taken while you sit in the same chair. A molded piece of plastic slides inside your cheek and you bite down on part of it to hold it in place. The image shows the tops and the roots of your teeth so the dentist can clearly see any problems.

Dental exam

The dentist will arrive to check your x-rays, check for issues relating to the jaw bone, oral cancer or grinding teeth and check for grooves or chips in your teeth. Any recommendations for future care will be made and you will be able to go on with your day.

With regular dental visits, you will have the chance to avoid long and invasive procedures in the future. Make that appointment and get it over with now.