Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.
The teeth should be checked minimally twice yearly and for high caries risk patients more frequent visits will be needed. Checking for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination which include all of the following checks:
The dentist will start the examination by:
1. Examining the face 2. Examining the neck 3. Checking the lymph nodes 4. Checking the lower jaw joints (TMJs)
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The dentist will assess the state of your teeth and gums by:
1. Examining the gums 2. Looking for signs of gum disease 3. Checking for loose teeth 4. Looking at the tissues inside of the mouth 5. Examining the tongue 6. Checking the bite 7. Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay 8. Checking for broken teeth 9. Checking for damaged fillings 10. Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth 11. Evaluating any dental appliance that the patient might have 12. Checking the contact between the teeth 13. Taking X-rays
Many dentists will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well.
If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will look at your gum, mouth, tongue and throat and very frequently the dentist will carry out the scale and polish during the examination appointment.