Caring for your teeth is one of the hygiene of life. It is essential to take care of your teeth on a daily basis. Giving or allotting at least 15 minutes of your time daily is enough. Breaking it down to 3 times a day, so allotting 5 minutes 3 times a day to care for your teeth is not too much of a hassle. Since you were a child, you were told to brush your teeth regularly and by regularly means 3 times a day; mornings, noon and evening. For some kids, it is indeed difficult for parents to let their kids brush. Some kids hate the texture of the brush in their mouths, others get ticked by the bristles of their toothbrush, others do not like the taste of the toothpaste while others are just too tired or lazy to brush their teeth. Parents tend to scare their kids telling them that they will be losing teeth if they do not brush. As they grow up and be adults, some realize how important teeth are during their adolescent stage. They might have lost a tooth or experienced the pain of having a toothache. Either way, it is both too late because you would still have to visit a dentist to have your tooth looked at or have it extracted. Experiencing a toothache is beyond comparison. It is an experience no one would ever want to experience again. Losing a tooth or having a tooth extracted is a different story. There is a tooth that needs to be removed because it causes pain while others need to be removed because it is too much of a hassle.
Some people are too afraid to visit a dentist. No matter how old they are they still have that fear. Probably, an experience they had when they were a child traumatized them, or they just do not like other people going through and looking in their mouths. However, visiting a dentist regularly is a must. Depending on what your reason is for visiting your dentist, here are the common things to expect on a dental checkup.
- The dentist would take a look at your mouth. Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene.
- The dentist will evaluate your risk of having a tooth decay and gum disease.
- The dentist will also evaluate if you need a tooth restoration or tooth replacement.
- If tooth decay or plaques are seen, the dentist might go through on having a cleaning procedure. Usually, this lasts for a few hours also depends on the plaques that need to be removed.
- During this time the dentist will also need to see if a tooth needs to have a dental filling procedure. A dental filling is a procedure that closes off spaces on the teeth where bacteria can enter. This is usually done if the hole on the teeth is still not that deep and you do not feel any a toothache yet.
- The dentist will assess if you need fluoride or not.
- The dentist will demonstrate and teach you the proper way of brushing and flossing.
These are what you will be expecting on a regular dental checkup. In rare cases, there are some procedures that need to be done depending on the issue you’re having or how your teeth are positioned.
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