Do you remember the last time you went to the dentist? If you can’t, it’s time to make that appointment. Your dentist has seen teeth of all sizes, shapes, and hues, and can help you get your teeth back into prime shape. But if you are hesitant about what can happen, this is what you can expect your first time back.
- A discussion: Yes, you will have a chat with your dentist. They need to know what has kept you away and what brings you back. They also need to know about your eating and daily life habits, as well as any medical issues, as all of these can affect your teeth and gums.
- Bleeding gums: Your dentist will checking your teeth. Because they are not used to the pressure used by the dentist, your gums could bleed a little. This is normal after a prolonged absence.
- A longer cleaning: Your dentist will spend some time cleaning your teeth by removing plaque buildup. Because it has been a while since your last dental visit, this initial cleaning will take a little longer than subsequent visits.
- X-rays: In addition to the outward health of your teeth and gums, your dentist also needs to know what is going on inside your teeth and in the hard-to-see crevices. That is done through X-rays. From the results, they can recommend any necessary treatment.
- Your next appointment: Seeing the dentist once is a great step – but it shouldn’t be the only step. Seeing your dentist regularly – about every six months – can help prevent problems before they start and will help you keep your teeth strong and healthy for years to come.