7.19.2019

What To Expect When You Visit Dentists?



The 21 st century has reflected striking awareness and rapid growth in the rate of awareness development
regarding oral health and dental care. Today, people look up to regular brushing and flossing as a routine
dental care procedure. Media, internet, new channels have played a vital role in encouraging people about
dental care, routine visits to dentists. A regular visit to the dentist, and proper cleaning and oral health
maintenance can be your key to a healthy lifestyle.

Perspective of Dentistry

Earlier people had a common belief that visiting a dentist is relevant only after you have a visible tooth or oral
problem like toothache, bleeding gum, broken tooth, etc. But today the entire perspectives of dental care
have undergone a massive change. Today dentists believe in preventive care, routine checkup, regular
cleaning, tests are considered to be a part of a healthy life, even if you do not have any visible complaint with
your teeth.
However, even though the perspective has changed, there is a long way to go to improve awareness among
the mass. People still today tend to avoid and neglect routine checkups if they do not encounter a problem,
but ideally, even according to the Australian Dental Association, you must visit dentists in every six months to
12 months.


What to Expect at Dentists Visit?
Visiting a dentist means you will in general go through a necessary procedure of preventive care and checkup,
which can be segregated into two parts like:

  • Thorough check up of the oral condition
  •  Cleaning of teeth medically termed as oral prophylaxis.


Check Up

When you visit dentists, a dental practitioner generally conducts a thorough examination of your oral
condition to detect if there is any need for treatment.

  • Some of the most common routine checkup procedures include a check for cavities, dental cracks,enamels, gums, etc.
  • In case the dentist detects any sign of cavities yet no visible ones, X-ray can be advised and conducted to verify hidden cavities between teeth.
  •  The procedure of dental examination in any routine visit to dentists may also include test and check for plaque. Plaque is a common condition which happens from acidic food, accumulation of food particles and as a result, a sticky layer of bacteria grows over teeth this requires to be removed timely so that it does not harden to form tartar. Regular flossing along with brushing can help to avoid plaque in the first place.
  • Along with teeth, your gums are also checked for any signs of bleeding, diseases, etc.
  •  Checkup of the tongue along with gum is also conducted by some dentists to check for external signs of diseases like redness, swelling, lump formations, etc.

Common Advice from Dentists Visit

According to dentists around the world, regular dental care can save you from many major oral issues. Dental
care must be a part of your daily normal life. Apart from simple brushing, flossing is also equally important to
avoid the formation of plaque. However, you can always seek for additional is and advice from your dentist for
your oral health about the practices you should maintain. In general, these are some of the general guidelines
for good oral hygiene:

  • Brushing is must every day and brushing twice a day is recommended.
  • Wash your mouth thoroughly after every meal.
  • Use toothpaste, which contains fluoride.
  • Flossing should be a daily habit.
  •  Use a mouthwash daily to keep your oral ph balanced and avoid the formation of plaque.


Apart from this, check for common signs like bad breath, toothache, gum bleeding, swollen gum, etc. and
immediately get a dentist’s opinion before trying any DIY methods.

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