Basic Dental Care – Routine Dental Checkups.
The dental checkups can catch problems early, before you feel or see them, when they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
The principle things a dentist is looking for during dental checkups are cavities and gum disease along with any other oral condition which is outside the range of normal. Dental checkups include screenings for oral cancer, a serious oral disease of the mouth, lips, or throat, but highly curable if detected and treated early.
The dentist will recommend how often to have routine dental checkups. Most people should see their dentists once or twice a year. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other health problems. The dentist may recommend teeth cleaning to help prevent gum (periodontal) disease which affects your overall health. One of the principal causes of adult tooth loss is gum disease. If detected early during a routine dental checkup, it can be treated and reversed.
At the first appointment for a new patient, an hour will be set aside to fully review your medical history, discuss any dental concerns or questions you may have, fully analyze and document your oral health. This analysis involves taking any necessary radiographs, an exam of your temporomandibular joints, intra-oral soft tissues, full tooth-by-tooth exam, bite exam, full six point gum probing and more. At the conclusion of this new patient exam, Dr. Brenda Bubnik will sit down and work out a customized treatment plan that addresses any oral problems she saw during the dental checkup.
A dental checkup on a patient previously seen by Dr. Brenda Bubnik for a full exam involves the dentist taking a few minutes to analyze your oral health, review any needed x-rays and answer any questions you may have. Dr. Brenda Bubnik will thoroughly examine your gums, teeth and oral tissues.
The more your dentist knows about your overall health, the more effective they can be in addressing your oral health care needs. Be sure to mention:
- any new medical conditions you’ve been diagnosed with since your last visit, such as diabetes or AIDS, even if they don’t seem pertinent. Your dentist needs to know to properly manage your treatment and prevention program.
- any new medications you’re taking
- if you’re pregnant
- if you have any allergies
- any changes you’ve noticed in your teeth, such as changes in colour, looseness or position
- any changes you’ve noticed in your gums, such as bleeding when you brush or floss, or changes in appearance
- any increased sensitivity to heat, cold or sweets
- whether your floss catches on rough edges, causing it to shred
- any colour changes in the skin on the inside of your mouth
- if you smoke or chew tobacco (which increases the likelihood of oral cancer)
- if your neck or jaw muscles are tight or if you’re aware of clenching or grinding your teeth
- if you’re nervous about going to the dentist—new ways of doing things have made modern dentistry more comfortable for patients, and talking to your dentist may reassure you and help you feel more relaxed