Dental Check Ups in Edson
Your Dental Checkup
A dental checkup generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, periodic X-rays, and a chat with your dentist about any changes in your health since your last visit. Visiting the dentist every six months is a key component of maintaining your overall health; not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too!
In most cases, a professional cleaning is the first step in a regular dental checkup. Our dental hygienists scale, or scrape, off any tartar from above and below the gum line and in around your teeth using specialized metal instruments. Next, they will polish your teeth using a slightly abrasive paste and a polishing tool to deep clean your exposed enamel, removing any tartar left behind after scaling. Finally, they’ll take floss and gently clean in between all your teeth, and may offer you a fluoride rinse, before they call the dentist in for your checkup.
WE RECOMMEND REGULAR CHECKUPS
Booking regular dental checkups helps ensure your dental team plays an important role in maintaining your oral health, and is key to preventing future issues.
SEMI-ANNUAL TEETH CLEANING
We recommend you have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year during your checkups. A Healthy Smile is a Happy Smile!
During Your Check Up
Once your teeth are clean, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral exam. They are looking for signs of unusual tooth wear, cracks, gum disease, early indications of oral cancer, and more. Each time you visit for a checkup, your dentist will:
- Visually check for signs of decay in and around each tooth
- Look for signs of gum disease and measure the depth of the gingival pockets around each tooth, using results from previous checkups as a baseline to determine the health of your gums
- Evaluate the alignment of your bite and check for evidence of teeth grinding or wear, looking for signs of potential orthodontic issues
- Look for early signs of oral cancers by examining your neck, lymph glands, lips, tongue and cheeks-early detection is key
Based on your cleaning and exam, we’ll discuss any changes or necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next appointment.
Dental x-rays are a commonly used diagnostic tool. X-rays can often detect the early stages of tooth decay and gum disease between your teeth, in hard to see areas. Your medical and dental history, age, and current oral and overall health will determine how frequently we recommend the use of x-rays. New-patient checkups often include X-rays as a means of establishing a baseline for future visits. All dental services performed by a general dentist.