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What to Expect if You Haven’t Seen Your Dentist in a While

February 24, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — summitfamilydentistry @ 10:20 pm
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There’s no denying that 2020 was crazy for everyone and if you put your dental health on the backburner last year, who could blame you? But, maybe it has been much longer. If you can’t remember the last time you saw your dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning, you’re not alone. Millions of people go years without seeing their dentists, and though it’s common, it’s not a good practice to get into. If it has been a long while since you’ve been to the dentist, it’s important that you know what to expect during your next appointment. Keep reading to learn more.

What to Expect at Your Next Dental Checkup if You Haven’t Been in a Long Time

Your dentist has a trained eye that can help identify issues before they get out of hand, saving you both time and money on costly treatments. It’s also important for your teeth and gums to receive a thorough deep cleaning twice a year in order to remove the plaque your toothbrush can’t get to. Maybe it has been months or even years since you’ve seen your dentist, and if that’s the case, here’s what you can expect from your next appointment:

Medical History Review

Your dentist knows that things change in your body over time, and there are also things that stay the same. If it has been a long time since they have seen you, they will likely want to review your medical history with you to make sure that they are fully aware of any existing or new issues. This will likely be an online or in-office hard copy form that you will fill out in order for your dentist to review.

Thorough Oral Exam

This is not to say at all that your dentist doesn’t thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth at each visit, but if your dentist knows it has been a long time since you’ve had a dental checkup, they will likely spend a little more time checking your mouth and throat for any signs of oral cancer and honing in on your gums to make sure there is no possibility of gum disease.

Fresh X-Rays

It is important for your dentist to be able to examine your teeth and gums, but it’s also just as crucial that they be able to assess what is below the surface. X-rays allow them to check your jaw for any signs of deterioration and make sure that there are no issues going on with your teeth at their roots.

New Technology

Just like most other industries, the world of dental technology is advancing at a rapid rate. If it has been several years since you’ve seen your dentist, you might be surprised to see how treatment methods and tools have been updated and changed.

Discussion for a Treatment Plan

Many times, people don’t stay on top of regular dental visits because there is no treatment plan set in place when they walk out of the office doors. Talk to your dentist about your specific goals for your smile and let them advise you on the best ways to care for it. Make sure you set your next appointment before you leave. Even if it’s months away and your schedule might change, at least you’ll have it in the books as a reminder to reschedule.

Don’t put off your next dental checkup any longer. Check your calendar today and get your next cleaning scheduled.

About the Practice

If you’re looking for the best place to get incredible dental treatment where you feel cared for and valued as a patient, then look no further than Dr. Dinesh Patel at Summit Family Dentistry. He is passionate about equipping everyone he cares for with the knowledge and tools to take great care of their smiles. His extensive training and experience make his practice the best choice for your next central checkup in Waterford. Request an appointment online or call (814) 923-4510.

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