Dental Checkup In San Antonio, TX 78201

What is a dental checkup?

Dental checkups are visits to your dentist that occur once or twice/year. The frequency depends on your age, insurance, and oral health concerns. Dental checkups help with preventative care for your mouth and your teeth.

Occasionally, dental checkups include x-rays or fluoride treatments, which can extend the length of the appointment. However, most of the time, 45 minutes is all it’ll take to give your mouth a good checkup!

How often should I get a dental checkup?

The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends getting a dental checkup at least once per year. Reason being, dental checkups act as preventative care for your teeth. A lot can happen in the time span of a single year. Cavities can form. Enamel can erode. Teeth could start to get loose. You want to see your dentist at least once per year to ensure your teeth, gums, and mouth are staying healthy.

Additionally, these visits can help detect other physical concerns such as diabetes. Reason being, a key indicator of diabetes is “sweet breath”. Whereas yes, you want your breath to smell good, “sweet breath” is abnormally sweet-smelling breath that often mimics the scent of granulated sugar. This can be detected by a dentist!

Who needs dental checkups?

Every human being should start seeing a dentist for dental checkups once they reach 6 months old. This is because around the age of 6 months is when the first teeth are supposed to start coming in. As you get older, these checkups help prevent significant oral health concerns like cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and more. Dental checkups can also help identify crooked teeth or impacted teeth.

What happens during a dental checkup?

Several things occur during a routine dental checkup. Let’s lay them out step by step!

  1. You arrive and are taken back to the procedure room by a dental assistant
  2. You sit in a reclined chair and the dental assist sets you up for your exam
  3. Typically, the dental assist is who conducts the exam, not your dentist (this is perfectly safe and what they are trained to do!)
  4. During the exam, your dental assistant will first take a look at the overall health of your teeth and gums.
  5. Then, they will take an electric toothbrush with a small brush head on it and gently clean each individual tooth. They may do this twice.  You will rinse out your mouth every so often.
  6. Next, they will floss in between each tooth, removing any excess plaque.
  7. You will then rinse out your mouth again and your dentist will check for cavities or signs of gum disease now that your mouth is clean. They may also check out your tongue.
  8. Once they’re done, your dentist will come in and examine your mouth to ensure nothing was missed during the exam!
  9. If requested by the dentist, you may have an x-ray done or a fluoride treatment done
  10. Then you get a sticker and/or a new toothbrush!
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