You know that you want a healthy smile for years to come, but do you know what is one of the most important things that you have to do to take care of it throughout the years? Visit your dentist in Worthington!
Many patients know that brushing and flossing is critical, but so is seeing your dentist every 6 months for effective preventive care. Learn more about why these appointments are so important in this week’s blog post.
Preventive Care Appointments Should Never Be Missed!
When you think about visiting the dentist, you might think of an uncomfortable dental chair, or stopping your busy day to visit the local dental office. First off, it’s important that you choose a dentist that you feel comfortable with from the moment you walk into the door.
This will help you to always keep your dental visits scheduled and show up for necessary dental care. After all, prevention is the key to keeping your teeth and gums in great condition.
Here is what you can expect when you visit our office for your semiannual preventive care appointment.
A Complete Diagnostic
The beginning of your preventive appointment will always begin with dental x-rays and images. These are not only used to look at the inside and outside of your mouth, but they’re also saved to your file for future reference.
A Meticulous Dental Exam
Once your dentist has captured several dental x-rays of your mouth, they will carefully examine your smile to check for anything out of the norm. This time is used for screening for warning signs of common oral health conditions including:
- Symptoms of tooth decay
- Early signs of gum disease
- Wear and tear on back teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Symptoms of TMJ disorder
- Any signs of oral cancer
Detailed Dental Cleanings
This is most patient’s favorite part of their appointment because they know that they will leave the office with whiter, shinier teeth! Your dentist will clean between each tooth and below the gum line, removing bacteria, plaque, and hardened tartar from your smile. Removing plaque and tartar buildup is essential to your preventive care and your dentist is the only one who has the tools and resources to effectively do that!
Develop a Custom Treatment Plan
You and your dentist should have an open line of communication. The last part of your appointment will consist of a discussion about what your dentist may have found or not. This is the time to address concerns, discuss the best treatments for you, and map out services that fit your lifestyle and budget.
When was your last appointment? If it’s been longer than 6 months, call your local dentist to schedule an appointment right away.
About Our Office
Here at the dental office of Randall Nameth, DDS, we know that regular dental appointments will save your smile from dental pain, excessive bills, and keep your teeth and gums strong for years to come. That’s why we work to keep you and your loved one’s smiles healthy from the beginning. Feel free to call us today to schedule your next visit!