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What to Expect at a Dental Exam

By Stephen Rogers on October 06, 2014

A woman getting her teeth cleaned and checkedThe team at Greater Long Island Dental believes in providing the best dental care possible. That means using the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the aesthetics of your smile as well as offering state-of-the-art restorative dentistry to enhance overall dental health and wellness. The cornerstone of great dental care, however, is the regular checkup, which is something that many people take for granted but really should not.

Never Take Your Routine Checkups for Granted

Having two normal dental visits a year isn't really a lot, but it's something you shouldn't take for granted. These two dental visits can make a world of difference when it comes to enhancing your overall dental health and wellness. Your dentist and the dental hygienist will work diligently to ensure that you undergo excellent treatment and get the care that you deserve, providing the kinds of services that you cannot give yourself at home.

X-rays and Advanced Diagnostics

Dental x-rays and advanced dental care diagnostics are one of the main reasons why these regular visits are so important. This digital imaging and the use of other tools allows your dentist to identify various health issues that you may be facing, or may even help identify potential health issues that can be prevented.

Professional Polishing and Cleaning

Professional cleanings and polishings mean that dentists and hygienists use electric brushes and other tools to really get those hard to reach places in the mouth. Your teeth will be thoroughly flossed and polished, and excess tartar or plaque can be scraped away as well.

Checking Your Teeth and Gums Up Close

Once the x-rays are taken and your teeth are given a good cleaning, your dentist and hygienist will then be able to check all of your teeth and gums up close. Any issues that are visible during this check (such as tooth decay, cracks, or gum recession) can be identified and treated as needed.

Discussing Your Dental Health Concerns

If you have noticed any issues yourself that wouldn't be readily apparent in x-rays or the checking of the teeth and gums, your checkup is the right time to bring these matters up. This could be anything from a strange clicking or popping in the jaw to persistent bad breath. Talk about it with your dentist so the problem can be examined.

Laying Out Future Dental Care Needs

Should you require future dental work, the treatment can be discussed in more detail during this visit. This goes for anything from basic fillings to more involved orthodontic care. A full treatment plan can be laid out as needed just for you.

Additional Tips for Advanced Dental Wellness

If your dentist notices any other issues that may affect your dental health or has any tips for wellness to offer, the checkup will be a great opportunity for this to happen. The open communication and ability to converse with your dentist about your needs should not be taken for granted.

Schedule a Dental Exam at Our Practice

For more information about all of your options for advanced dental care and improving your general health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at Greater Long Island Dental looks forward to your visit and helping you smile with absolute confidence.

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