Dental Check Ups in Devon
Your Dental Checkup
Visiting your dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too! A dental check-up generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, and periodic X-rays, although this varies from patient to patient based on your individual needs.
The first step in a regular dental checkup is often a professional cleaning. Our dental hygienists use specialized metal instruments to scale, or scrape, off tartar from above and below the gum line and in between your teeth. Next, they polish your teeth using a polishing tool and a slightly abrasive paste to deep clean your pearly enamel and remove any tartar left behind after scaling. To finish your cleaning, they’ll take floss and gently clean in between all your teeth.
Regular Check Ups Recommended
Having regular dental check ups will ensure we can help maintain your oral health and prevent issues over the years.
Don't Forget Teeth Cleaning
We advise to have your teeth professionally cleaned while attending your regular check ups. Healthy Smile is a Happy Smile!
During Your Check Up
Once your teeth are clean, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. Generally, a dental examination is quick and painless; your dentist will:
- Perform a visual examination of each tooth checking for signs of decay
- Look for any signs of gum irritation or redness and measure the depth of your gingival pockets to check for signs of periodontal disease if that wasn’t already completed in your cleaning
- Evaluate how your top and bottom teeth come together (your bite) and check for evidence of teeth grinding or wear, which can be a sign of potential orthodontic issues
- Examine your neck, lymph glands, lips, tongue and cheeks for signs of oral cancer-early detection is key
Based on your cleaning and exam, we’ll discuss any necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next appointment.
Your medical and dental history, your age, and current oral and overall health will determine how frequently we recommend the use of dental x-rays as a diagnostic tool. New-patient examinations often include X-rays as a means of establishing a baseline for future visits. X-rays can often detect the early stages of tooth decay and gum disease between your teeth in hard to see areas. All dental services performed by a general dentist.