Making the Most Out of Your Dental Checkups

Woman waiting for a dental exam Your dental checkup is just around the corner, and although you probably haven’t put much thought into it, this appointment is a great time to take care of any concerns you may have about your dental health. Consider the following information about dental checkups and how you can make the most out of them!

What happens at a typical checkup?

Of course, at your checkup, you will have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and tartar and plaque will be removed from your teeth and around your gums. Your teeth will be polished and x-rays may be taken. The dentist will check your teeth for cavities and other problems, and then he or she will check around the gums to make sure there are no signs of gum disease or recession. He or she will also check your throat, neck, gums, and soft palate for any possible abnormalities.

What else should be discussed at my dental checkup?

Time spent with your dentist is the perfect time to discuss any issues you may have, even if you think they aren’t important issues at all. You might want to bring up:

• Any pain and stiffness in your jaw muscles, as this may be a sign of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. If you often have headaches, this can also be a sign of TMJ or a sign that you grind your teeth, so you should mention these headaches to your dentist – to find relief but also because there might be an issue that will only get worse without treatment.

• Any questions you have about your oral hygiene routine at home. This is especially important if you consider your brushing and flossing routine to be thorough, but you often have cavities despite this.

• Have you been considering a cosmetic procedure? This is the perfect time to ask about veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign for straightening teeth, or any other procedure that may help you feel more confident about your teeth and smile.

Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee is always here for you with expert treatment and advice, whether it’s just for a cleaning, a cosmetic dentistry procedure, or to address any concerns or questions you have. Call (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!

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