Has it been awhile since your last dental checkup? Perhaps you’re having trouble recalling what to expect during this preventive visit. The unknown can certainly create extra stress and anxiety about your upcoming appointment. Let us help. At Avalon Dental Group, we are happy to refresh your memory (or educate you for the first time) on what to expect during a routine dental exam.
You can expect:
Waiting Room Comfort. Gone are the days when you have to sit in a silent, sterile and uncomfortable lobby while you wait to be seen. Today’s modern dentist will make it a priority to create an office atmosphere that feels more like home, which means we’ll provide all the amenities you’re used to, from complimentary beverages and WiFi to soothing music and a play area for your child.
Health History Evaluation. Your overall health plays a vital role in your dental health. Therefore, we will first gather key information about your past medical history, including certain conditions like diabetes and heart disease that can affect your oral health.
Professional Cleaning. Most likely, a hygienist will begin your time in the dental chair by conducting a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. This involves a special handheld toothbrush and gentle scraping and flossing to get hardened plaque removed from tight spaces within your smile.
Painless Mouth Check and Oral Cancer Screening. We will also use our trained eyes to look at all areas of your oral health. We will measure your gum height and check for signs of gum disease. We will do some probing and spot areas of discoloration or decay. Finally, we will conduct a painless oral cancer screening to be sure there are no suspicious lesions that need to be monitored.
Digital X-Rays. Your routine dental visit will often require a set of digital x-rays, especially if it has been several months or years since you’ve been to a dentist. These x-rays allow us to view what is going on below the gum line and into the inside of your teeth. Using x-ray technology, we can often detect cavities, wisdom teeth problems and other issues at their earliest, most treatable stage.
Chat with the Dentist. The last step of your exam involves a casual discussion with our dentist. At this time, we will talk about the condition of your smile and discuss any treatments that need to be done. It is also a chance for you to reveal your specific concerns about your dental health or ask questions about your oral hygiene.
Do you feel more informed about your upcoming visit? We hope so. Call Avalon Dental Group today!
Avalon Dental Group
2205 Williams Trace Blvd., #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dental Topics: Prevention Through Education
The field of dentistry has benefitted greatly from the advancements in materials and technologies to help promote good oral health. Yet as a dentist myself, I've seen that my profession has embraced these new technologies at the risk of spending less time promoting "prevention through education." The truth is the healthiest mouths are not the mouths of the wealthiest people, but rather the mouths of educated people. This blog is my effort to educate the public and promote good oral health.