What to Expect during a Checkup at your Orange City Dentist

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Lots of people avoid going to the dentist out of fear and anxiety. While these are legitimate feelings, not getting routine dental care like checkups and cleanings could be detrimental to your oral health. Even if you brush your teeth really good twice a day and floss daily, you still need to have your teeth cleaned at the dentist. At our sedation dentist office in Orange City, we have learned that in most cases, patients feel relaxed and comfortable coming in for their appointment when they know what to expect. Today on the blog, Terry Soule, DDS, shares what to expect during a checkup at your Orange City dentist.

Booking The Appointment

Sometimes, the most difficult step is getting started. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone receive a cleaning and checkup at least twice a year or once every six months. These visits may be more frequent if you have gum disease or dental issues that require attention more often. We encourage you to contact us directly to book your next appointment.

Arriving For Your Appointment

If it has been a while since your last visit or are a new patient, we will request that you complete paperwork, such as providing us with your contact information, insurance benefits (if any), and health history. This also is the perfect opportunity for you to meet our dental team and take a tour of our office to help you feel more at home while at your appointment.

Share With Us

Once it is time for you to sit down with your dental hygienist, it is time for us to get to know you. Help us understand your dental fears so that we can better help you during your visit. Tell your hygienist if you’re taking any medication. Your hygienist also will review your complete medical history at this time. Be sure to inform your hygienist if you are experiencing any dental issues or pain so that those can be addressed.

Getting Dental X-Rays

Have you ever heard the old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover?” This credo rings true even for your dental health. The dentist can only see so much just by peeking inside your mouth. But, just because your teeth look ok on the surface, doesn’t mean they are healthy underneath the gums or between your teeth. Dental x-rays are necessary at least once a year to provide a complete view of your dental health. Dental x-rays show between teeth and structures below the gum line (like the tooth’s roots and jawbone). A lot could be going on and go undetected if x-rays are not apart of your routine checkups. Also, x-rays usually are recommended if the patient experiences a toothache or another dental problem specific to a certain tooth.

Getting Your Teeth Cleaned

Next comes the dental cleaning. Our hygienist uses specific dental tools to gently scrape and remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Both plaque and tartar are by-products from oral bacteria that break down sugars and carbs leftover from the foods and beverages we consume. Everyone gets tartar buildup, no matter how good or often you brush your teeth. Even dentists have to get their teeth cleaned! After your teeth are cleaned, the hygienist uses a special type of paste to polish your teeth. The polish’s purpose is to remove any lingering buildup and make your teeth smooth, which makes it difficult for bacteria to cling.

Meeting Your Dentist

After your teeth are clean, our Orange City family dentist, Dr. Soule, comes in to meet you and examine your dental health. He will review your patient chart, x-rays, and look inside your mouth to see if there are any immediate dental concerns. Common dental problems may include cavities, or gum disease, both of which require treatment by a dentist.

Recommendations For Care

If the dentist recommends care, such as a dental filling, crown, or periodontal treatment for gum disease, we can book this follow-up appointment before you leave. Otherwise, we will go ahead and get you on the schedule for your next six-month cleaning. It’s best to do this during your visit because prime times such as first and last appointments of the day usually book up quickly.

Family Dentist in Orange City, DeBary, and Deltona

Terry Soule, DDS, believes that everyone should have access to dental care without fear. For this reason, we offer sedation dentistry to help patients feel calm and relaxed while receiving the dental care they need. If you still feel anxious about going to the dentist and would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Terry Soule, DDS, by calling (386) 775-1552 or connect with us online today.

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