The American Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. However, more than 100 million Americans skip their semi-annual exams. Many factors contribute to delaying dental care, like finances, time, embarrassment, and anxiety. No matter the reason, it’s never too late to recommit to your oral health. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, here’s what you can expect during your appointment.
Medical History Review
Your oral and general health are closely connected. Many dental problems can affect your overall wellness and vice versa.
Your dental team will learn more about your medical history, including any medications you’re taking. Your dentist can create more personalized solutions to keep your teeth and gums healthy, while also ensuring your safety if you need any dental work.
X-rays provide your dentist with invaluable information about your oral health and structures. It allows them to see issues that might be hiding below the surfaces of your gums. They’ll have a complete picture to ensure nothing is overlooked.
Your toothbrush and floss are effective in keeping your mouth clean, but they aren’t enough. Your dental hygienist will clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. They will learn more about your oral hygiene habits at home and make recommendations to keep your mouth healthy in between your regular appointments. They’ll also be the first person to get a good look at your mouth to relay any concerns to your dentist.
Your dentist will examine your mouth and oral structures to look for anything concerning, like decay, gum inflammation, or jaw dysfunction. They’ll review your X-rays to look for any abnormalities. Based on the information, they’ll determine if you need any additional services, like scaling and root planing, fluoride varnish, or dental work. Your dentist will explain their findings and what to expect on the road ahead.
Commit to Your Dental Health
If you’ve been putting off a cleaning and checkup, don’t be embarrassed about the state of your oral health. Your dentist will provide the non-judgemental care you need. They’ll treat you with the utmost respect and integrity while helping you achieve optimal oral health. If you struggle with dental-related fears, they’ll cater to your comfort to help you sit back and relax in the dentist’s chair.
You won’t have to worry about a large bill if you have dental insurance. After a copayment, your insurance can pay 100% of the cost of preventive services. You can make your oral health a priority, even if money is tight.
You can invest in a healthy mouth and body by recommitting to regular cleanings and checkups.
About Dr. Alberto J. Lamberti
Dr. Lamberti achieved his dental degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has completed a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry. He regularly continues his education in many specialties, including prosthodontics. Dr. Lamberti strives to keep dental services accessible to everyone. If you need a cleaning and checkup, request an appointment online or call (561) 430-2705.