Dental checkups begin with a review of any symptoms you may be experiencing and a visual examination of your teeth and gums. The hygienist will perform a routine cleaning, using special tools to carefully clean your teeth surfaces including the area at the gum line where plaque and tartar form. During the cleaning, the hygienist will be looking for places where your brushing and flossing techniques may not be effective at removing tartar and plaque. Once the cleaning is complete, the hygienist can give you tips to help you improve your techniques for better between-visit care. After the cleaning, your teeth and gums will be carefully examined for signs of decay and disease, and an oral cancer screening will be performed. You may also have dental x-rays. At the conclusion of your checkup, you’ll learn about care recommendations to treat decay or other issues.
The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to brush and floss regularly. You should brush for 2 minutes at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. Also, avoid sugary and sticky snacks including sports drinks.