Our Dental Checkup: What you can expect
In most cases, a dental hygienist and dentist will perform your dental checkup. A dental checkup typically involves:
Cleaning and polishing:
Our hygienist will use a special instrument called a hand scaler or ultrasonic dental instrument to scrape and remove the tartar from your teeth. We will then polish your teeth, often with a rotating rubber cup or brush, to remove any remaining plaque or stains.
After the cleaning, our hygienist or Dr G will discuss any dental hygiene problems that were detected, and show you how to brush and floss more effectively, if necessary.
We will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, to look for changes or signs of a problem (for example, a cavity or gum disease or early signs of oral cancer). During the examination, we may also use a special probe to measure the “pockets” between your teeth and gums, an explorer tool to poke at your teeth and determine if any cavities are present, and a mouth mirror to get a better view of the sides and back of your teeth. If you have any visible problems, we may recommend a particular treatment or may refer you to a specialist, such as a periodontist or orthodontist, for further treatment.
At some of your dental visits, we may take X-rays of your teeth to look for decay, gum disease, or other dental problems.
We look forward to seeing you!