What Does My Dentist Look for When I Go to the Dentist?
At Comprehensive Dentistry, we strive to make your dental care as comfortable as possible. Maybe you’re feeling uneasy about scheduling an appointment because you don’t know what it’s like to go to the dentist. We’re here to provide a little insight to help you feel better! Keep reading to learn more about what we will look for and what you can expect during your next visit.
The most common reason to visit the dentist is regular cleanings. During these cleanings, Comprehensive Dentistry will use a small mirror and tools to check each of your teeth for signs of decay, cavities, or gum disease. We will use tools to gently scrape any plaque or tartar from your teeth, and they may use special tools to press on your teeth to check for softness and cavities. We take special care not to cause you any discomfort during cleanings, but we do offer a comfort menu to help ease your nerves.
Cavities and Tooth Decay
Cavities are areas of permanent damage on your teeth. Cavities can occur when sugars and bacteria from beverages and foods are left on your teeth. If cavities are left untreated, they can cause further damage to the extent of decay and tooth loss. This is why it’s essential for us to check for cavities and stop them in their tracks. If we find a cavity, we’ll work with you to schedule an appointment in the near future for a filling.
The leading cause of gum disease is plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. The tartar buildup can cause irritation and infection in your gums, eventually leading to irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. It’s important for us to check for any signs of gum disease, because it’s much easier to treat and prevent further damage the sooner it’s identified. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease, please feel free to ask us during your visit.
Why It’s Important to Go to the Dentist
While it may not be the most fun activity, when you go to the dentist, you ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy. Routine dentist visits are one of the most important things you can do to maintain lifelong dental health. You’re protecting your teeth from cavities, decay, and other diseases. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today!