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Behind the Scenes at Your Regular Dental Checkup

March 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — bearcreekfamily @ 5:59 pm
Patient smiling at their dental checkup

When you schedule your regular dental checkup, you likely anticipate a familiar routine. You sit in the chair, have your teeth cleaned, and maybe get some X-rays. But did you know there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes during your visit? While you’re comfortable in the chair, your dentist is working hard to keep your oral health in top shape!

If you want to peek behind the curtain to uncover some surprising aspects of your dental checkups, continue reading.

1. Gum Disease Assessment

Your dentist doesn’t just focus on your teeth; they also evaluate the health of your gums. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common condition that can lead to serious oral health issues if left untreated.

Your dentist will assess the condition of your gums, checking for signs of inflammation, bleeding, and recession. If they find any of these signs, they’ll recommend appropriate treatment.

2. Bite Analysis

Your bite is how your teeth fit together. During your checkup, your dentist will examine your bite to ensure that your upper and lower teeth come together properly. Problems with your bite can lead to issues like tooth wear, jaw pain, and even headaches. Your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment or other adjustments to correct these issues.

3. Jaw Joint Examination

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are responsible for the movement of your jaw. Any problems in these joints can result in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This is an all-too-common condition that can cause jaw pain, clicking or popping noises, and difficulty chewing.

4. Oral Cancer Screening

One essential service your dentist performs during your checkup is an oral cancer screening. Your dentist will examine your mouth, tongue, throat, and surrounding tissues for any signs of oral cancer using specialized tools. Early detection is vital for successful treatment.

5. Salivary Galdn Inspection

Saliva is very important as it washes away food particles and contains enzymes to fight bacteria. During your dental checkup, your dentist will inspect your salivary glands to ensure that they are producing enough to keep your mouth coated. This protects you from conditions like dry mouth, cavities, and gingivitis.

So, the next time you’re at the dentist, remember that there’s more happening behind the scenes than meets the eye. From various screenings to personalized treatment planning, your dentist is hard at work ensuring your smile stays healthy. Keep smiling and keep up with your regular dental checkups to stay on top of your oral health!

About the Practice

 At Bear Creek Family Dentistry, you’re more like family than a patient. All our dental professionals have one priority: your comfort. Whether you need a simple filling, or a complex oral treatment, they have the skills and technology to help. Call (214) 333-3100 to schedule an appointment or visit the website to see all the services they provide.

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