Brushing and flossing regularly are crucial aspects of good oral hygiene,
but they cannot replace periodic trips to visit a dentist. A
dental cleaning every six months is generally recommended, although some patients may
need more frequent check-ups. When you visit a family dentist at a clinic
in Bloomingdale, you can expect to review your medical history, have your
teeth professionally cleaned and examined, and perhaps undergo X-rays.
Every time you visit your family dentist, you should update your medical
history. It’s particularly important to let your dentist know if
you’re pregnant or could be pregnant. Your dentist will also need
to know about any changes to your oral health. Have you been experiencing
toothaches or tooth sensitivity? Do you have jaw pain and frequent headaches?
Or perhaps you’ve noticed a sore on the inside of your cheek. Telling
your dentist about any changes will facilitate proper dental care.
X-rays are taken periodically to check for problems that aren’t visible
to the naked eye, such as impacted teeth or jawbone problems. However,
if you’re an expectant mother, you’ll usually wait to have
X-rays until after you’ve given birth.
The dental hygienist will perform a professional teeth cleaning, during
which he or she uses specialized tools to
gently scrape plaque and tartar from beneath and above the gum line. Then, the dental hygienist uses mildly
abrasive paste to polish the teeth, which lessens the ability of plaque
to adhere to the teeth. After polishing, your teeth will be flossed and
you may have a fluoride treatment.
Once you’re ready for the oral exam, the dentist will review your
X-rays if applicable and discuss any issues the dental hygienist may have
found. The dentist will carefully evaluate every side of every tooth for
problems like tooth decay and chipped enamel. The oral exam includes an
evaluation of the alignment of your upper and lower jaws. Your soft tissues
will be checked for possible signs of infections or oral cancer. The dentist
may also measure the gingival pockets, which is the space between your
gums and your teeth. Abnormally large pockets may indicate gum disease.
If the dentist finds any problems, he or she will discuss your treatment
options with you. Contact Eagle Falls Dentistry at
and Associated Dental Care at
for all you dental needs!