Normal tooth wear is pretty common. A person can brush and floss regularly, but there will still be tooth wear with time. Although many dental advancements have been made over time, no matter how careful a person is with their teeth, they are still likely to have normal wear and tear.Knowing all about the normal wear and tear on teeth can help…
A General Dentist in Nampa: What to Expect at Your Dental Checkup
One of the most common things dental patients have heard most of their life is the importance of having regular dental checkups and cleanings from their general dentist in Nampa. Dentists always recommend at least two dental checkups and cleanings per year. If any trouble spots begin arising, then it will give the dentist the opportunity to fix the issue before it even starts!
Many people live busy lives and it can be easy to skip these general checkups. However, it can save so much time in the long run by having regular cleanings. This is to be sure that everything is in good order and no hidden issue could pop up and become a harder thing to fix.
A dental checkup with a general dentist in Nampa
Arriving at your checkup
If it has been a while since the last checkup a patient had, then arriving about 15 to 30 minutes before the appointment will make things go a lot smoother. After getting any insurance information and filling out paperwork, the office staff will get everything prepared for the checkup and cleaning.
Once the paperwork and any updates to the patient’s file are completed, the dental hygienist will take the patient back to begin the checkup.
If it has been a while since the patient's last checkup and cleaning, then the dentist may want to take X-rays before the cleaning. These will give the dentist a full view of the person's mouth. This allows the dentist to make sure there are no hidden issues that even the best-trained eye could not see. These X-rays are taken in the office and typically take less than five minutes to complete.
The dental cleaning
If there are any issues that the patient is worried about, then the beginning of the dental cleaning is the best time to bring those to the hygienist's attention. They will be able to look and ensure the dentist takes a look as well.
During the cleaning portion of the checkup, the dental hygienist will look to see if any plaque buildup or areas need extra cleaning. After completing the full cleaning, they will go over tips and tricks to keep an excellent at-home dental hygiene routine. Then the dental hygienist will get things prepared for the dentist to take a look.
A visit with the dentist
After the dental hygienist finishes the cleaning, the dentist will come in and take a look. If any possible issues were found, they will explain how it will be fixed and if there are any next steps.
If X-rays were taken, they will typically go over what they see and if there are any possible issues. Alternatively, if everything looks good and the patient’s mouth, teeth and gums are in good order, then the checkup and cleaning are done!
Have more dental checkup questions?
Have any questions about visiting a general dentist in Nampa? Our office staff is always ready and prepared to answer any additional questions you may have about your dental checkup. Feel free to give us a call, and we will be glad to answer any questions you have. Contact us today!
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