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What to Expect During a Dental Checkup

added on: June 30, 2023

Your dentist in El Paso will tell you that regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. But for some patients, the thought of a dental checkup can be intimidating. That’s why we want to take the time to explain what to expect during a dental checkup and help alleviate any anxiety or uncertainty you may have.

Step 1: Medical History Review 

At the beginning of your dental checkup, your dentist in El Paso will review your medical history to gain a better understanding of any existing medical conditions or medications that may affect your dental health. This information will help us provide the best possible care for your individual needs.

Step 2: Visual Examination 

Next, your dental team will perform a visual examination of your teeth and gums. They will look for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. This is also a good opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your dental health.

Step 3: X-rays 

In some cases, your dental professional may recommend taking X-rays to get a more detailed look at your teeth and jawbone. X-rays can help identify issues that may not be visible during a visual examination, such as cavities or bone loss. They are safe, low-radiation images that can give us a closer look at what’s going on under the surface of your teeth. 

Step 4: Cleaning 

After the visual examination and X-rays (if necessary), it’s time for a cleaning. Your dental hygienist will use special tools to gently remove any plaque or tartar buildup from your teeth. They will also polish your teeth to remove any surface stains and make them shine.

Step 5: Oral Cancer Screening 

During your dental checkup, your dental professional will also perform an oral cancer screening. This involves a visual examination of your mouth, lips, and throat to check for any signs of cancer or other abnormalities.

Step 6: Education and Prevention 

Finally, your dentist in El Paso will provide education and prevention tips to help you maintain good oral health. This may include tips on brushing and flossing, diet and nutrition, and other oral health practices.

Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. Our team of experienced dental professionals will guide you through the process and provide personalized care to meet your individual needs. At our dental office, we understand that dental checkups can be intimidating for some patients. That’s why we strive to create a welcoming and friendly environment for all of our patients. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care that meets the unique needs of each individual patient.

If you’re due for a dental checkup, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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