What Happens at a Dental Checkup?

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Do you know the best way to take care of your teeth? You’ve probably heard of flossing regularly and brushing at least twice a day. But did you know you should also go in for a dental checkup at least every six months? A dental checkup is the best way to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as they can possibly be.

What Happens at a Dental Checkup?

During typical dental checkups, your teeth will be inspected for bacterial growth, cavities, damage, and more. This allows your dentist to discover and inform you of any dental problems that you need to have fixed. For example, if you have a cavity in one of your teeth, your dentist will likely want to schedule you for a filling. If you don’t have that cavity filled, you risk having those tiny holes of decay spread and destroy the parts of the tooth that are still healthy.

The examination of your teeth is often done through a visual inspection of your teeth by the dentist and/or by looking over the x-rays of your teeth– which allows the dentist to get a more in-depth look at what is going on underneath the surface of your teeth. Other things that dental checkups include are plaque scraping, flossing, and coating your teeth with fluoride.

Dental checkups are a routine practice in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and pain-free. If it has been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, schedule your next dental checkup today by calling us at the office of Kenneth R. Russell DDS.