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What Happens In an Initial Dental Exam?


Posted on 1/15/2024 by Andrew Admin
Female patient happily waiting in a dental chair for her dentist to begin her routine dental exam.It sounds a bit farfetched, but many adults have never been to the dentist. Many Americans live in rural areas without much access to dental care, or their families may not have been able to afford it. However, one of the most common reasons adults have not visited the dentist is because they are afraid to go. Visiting the dentist does not have to be scary at all. Here is a rundown of what happens during an initial dental exam.

You Will Get X-Rays


One of the first things a dental hygienist does once you take a seat in a dental chair is to take X-rays of your teeth. X-rays help keep track of any dental work you have done and can also spot problems you may have with your teeth above and below the gum line. Many dentists have X-ray machines that are non-invasive. You simply hold still while a camera circles your mouth area.

You Will Get Your Teeth Cleaned


For many adults, getting their teeth cleaned and polished is the best part of the dental visit. They are able to get years of plaque or tartar removed, which leaves their teeth shiny and smooth. If you have been brushing and flossing properly, teeth cleaning is usually painless. If you have concerns about this part of the dental exam, you may want to discuss your fears with your dental practitioner ahead of your visit.

A Dentist Will Check Your Teeth


After your teeth have been cleaned and polished, you will meet with the dentist. This is the perfect time to discuss any concerns you have about your oral health. The dentist will also let you know if you have issues with your teeth or gums that need to be addressed. You can work on a timeline for treatment together.

If you are concerned about visiting the dentist, many dentists offer consultations to their adult patients. That means you can go in, talk to the dentist, and even view the exam rooms before you ever sit down in the dental chair. With regular dental visits, you can look forward to healthier teeth and gums for a lifetime.

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