Dental checkups are an essential part of preventing oral problems and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During these visits, dentists can examine the mouth, provide necessary health care tips, and discover any developing oral issues that are best treatable in the early stages. In fact, the American Dental Association advises regular dental checkups at intervals determined by an experienced dentist. When it’s time for your regular checkup, the California dentists at McBride Dental can provide the kind of care and service you and your smile deserve.
During a dental checkup, dentists will evaluate the patient’s overall health and hygiene, which consists of discussing the patient’s diet and oral hygiene habits. Next, the dentist will evaluate the patient’s risk of tooth decay, root decay, gum disease, and bone disease. The dentist will then determine if the patient needs tooth restoration or tooth replacement.
After this initial evaluation, dentists often check the patient’s bite and jaw for any potential issues and begin removing any stains or deposits on the patient’s teeth.
The best way to care for your teeth is to practice routine care, and dentists will often show the patient proper cleaning techniques for teeth or dentures. The dentist will also assess the patient’s need for fluoride.
When taking an x-ray, the dentist will take several types of x-rays in order to get different angles of the teeth. These multiple x-rays can be taken into account together to check for the crowns of the upper and lower teeth, the entire tooth and the surrounding bone, the way the upper and lower teeth correspond together when the jaw is shut, and the spacing of the teeth.
One thing that dentists check for during dental exams is oral cancer. To look for this disease, dentists feel the area under the patient’s jaw, the sides of the neck, and the insides of the lips and cheeks. They will also examine the sides of the tongue as well as the roof and floor of the mouth.
Depending on each patient’s oral health, dentists will tailor a health care plan that outlines how frequently patients should get dental exams. Patients who are at a high risk of developing the periodontal disease will need more frequent dental checkups than patients who are of low-risk, but you should always consult your dentist before making any conclusions.
At McBride Dental, we provide routine dental cleanings and exams. We help our patients prevent any oral problems from developing when they come in for their regular checkups. Each time a patient comes in, we provide professional teeth cleaning that includes removing plaque and tartar, polishing the teeth, and examining the smile for any damaging dental conditions. On average we recommend that patients visit our office every six months. However, each patient differs depending on the state of their oral health. If you need a dental exam, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment.