“I don’t have any dental problems, so why do I need to visit the dentist?” This common but important question is asked by dental patients around the country. You need routine dental exams and cleanings so you can prevent painful and costly dental problems. Routine dental exams allow your dentist to catch the signs of mild to severe dental conditions early on so they can implement treatment immediately. As part of your regular dental exam, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, examined, and X-rayed.
During your dental check-up, a dental hygienist will begin cleaning your teeth using a small metal tool. This tool will scrub away hard mineral buildup (tartar) off of your teeth. If left to itself, tartar can create larger dental problems like cavities and tooth decay. Next, the hygienist will floss your teeth. During this time, pay attention to how your teeth are flossed so you can be sure you are implementing the same method at home. Ask your hygienist to hand you a mirror so you can watch how they floss your teeth. After that, a polishing compound is used followed by a fluoride treatment. Cleanings are typically not painful.
If it has been a while since you’ve had dental X-rays, your dentist may request them. These X-rays will allow the dentist to see the inner workings of your teeth to ensure that everything is in proper condition. During the X-rays, a technician will have you put on a heavy apron to guard you from the X-rays. The technician will have you bite down on a small piece of plastic several times to achieve the best image of your teeth.
After the cleaning and X-rays are complete, your dentist will examine your mouth. They may ask you questions about your at home dental routine, if you have any dental pain, or share with you how you can better care for your teeth. This is an excellent time to ask questions about your dental health.
Schedule your next dental cleaning
If it has been over a year since your last dental check-up, schedule one today with Agnini Family Dental. You can call our office in Lakeland, Florida, at (863) 682-1500.