What should I expect at my dental checkup?

We often come across people who do not pay much attention to their oral hygiene. If truth be told, regular dental checkups are of utmost importance. In any case, if your mouth is not healthy, how can you expect to have a healthy body? Considering the fact that not all of us are so regular at our dental checkups, let us give you a refresher on what to expect when visiting dentists in Abu Dhabi.

Before we go into the details, here is a list of things you should do before the visit, particularly if it your first dental checkup.

Basic preparations to pay attention to

  1. Make sure that you have all of your medical history with you. This includes details of any dentists that you have previously visited, or any medication that you previously taken.
  2. If you have any health concerns, make sure that your dentist knows about them. This includes diabetes, pregnancy etc. The reason why this is important is because they would need these details when suggesting certain treatments and prescribing medication.
  3. If you have any conditions related to anxiety, fear of checkups, or any other concerns, let your dentist know and his team will make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.

At Your Dental Check-Up

While the procedures followed by dentists tend to differ on an individual basis, there are some common practices that are followed by all the dentists. These include:

Evaluation: Before anything else, the dentist that you visit will conduct a detailed dental evaluation in order to examine the condition of your gums and teeth. What this means is that your teeth, gums, tongue, neck and jaw will be physically checked. The dentist will do so in order to detect any signs of an oral disease, cavities, any infection or oral cancer. For braces in Abu Dhabi, similar examination is performed. Once that is done, he will educate you and recommend treatment to help you achieve optimal oral health.  Apart from that, he will also suggest home care methods, and further dental procedures such as fillings or products for oral care.

X-rays: If you have not been to the dentist in a very long time, or are new to the dentist, then there are high chances for an x-ray to be taken for the hygienist and the dentist to see what they cannot otherwise, especially below the gum line. It can help in the analysis of the jaw and teeth for an early detection of any disease or disorder.