Going for a dental checkup for the very first time may seem scary, but family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD assures there’s nothing to be worried about. The oral health industry, after all, expects and ensures every practitioner provides patients an experience that’s both comfortable and satisfying.
If you’re curious about what happens during a dental checkup, here are 5 things to expect from your first visit to the dentist:
1. Dental x-rays
To establish your dental records, your dentist will have you undergo dental X-rays, of which there are many types. For example, bitewing X-rays will detect cavities, gum disease, infection, and bone loss, while panoramic X-rays will determine whether or not you have impacted teeth, tumors, bone abnormalities, and other potential problems. Dental records will help your dentist keep track of your oral health and ensure they provide you the best care possible.
2. Oral health exam
You’ll likely be subjected to a thorough dental exam on your first visit to the dentist. This entails the examination of your mouth and teeth for a wide range of problems, including dental caries, gingivitis, and gum disease. Expect any complaints revolving around tooth sensitivity, toothaches, bleeding gums, and more to be investigated. This exam will allow your dentist to devise a treatment plan catering to your specific oral healthcare needs.
3. Dental cleaning
Dental prophylaxis, or dental cleaning, normally comes after a dental exam. This involves what’s known as “scaling,” a process that uses special instruments to remove the plaque that’s accumulated on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that raise the acidity level of your oral cavity after eating or drinking. If allowed to build upon your teeth and under your gums, plaque can erode tooth enamel to cause tooth decay, increase the risk of gum disease, and even damage the bones that support your teeth. It’s advised to have your teeth cleaned by a dentist every six months.
4. Other procedures
Depending on your treatment plan and other concerns you bring up with your dentist, you’ll likely undergo additional procedures, such as dental fillings, teeth whitening, dental bridges, and dental crowns.
Are you considering having your first dental visit? If so, please browse the Audubon Dental Center of Clinton’s list of services to see how we can be of assistance to you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at (301) 856-1122 or via our website.