Routine dental visits are important for both oral health and overall well-being. Regular dental cleanings and comprehensive exams not only keep your smile sparkling, they allow your dentist to detect and treat budding health issues early.
For some people, it has been years since their last dentist visit, or they may have dental anxiety preventing them from seeing the dentist. Knowing what to expect can ease the fear and help you prepare for your next comprehensive exam.
It is important for your dentist to know your family medical history. Having this information will allow dental professionals to provide better care for both your oral and overall health.
Common medical conditions like heart disease, some forms of cancer and periodontal disease all have a genetic link. If your dentist is educated in your family history, it will be clear which health concerns are more likely to arise. Some chronic diseases that spread through families, like diabetes, present symptoms in the oral cavity.
Besides gathering all relevant family and personal medical information, be aware of your dental insurance coverage prior to scheduling your appointment. Understand your benefits level and which treatments and procedures are covered under your plan. Contact us to ask any insurance questions or to discuss alternate payment options.
Individual needs vary from patient to patient, but a typical comprehensive exam consists of a dental cleaning, a thorough check-up, and scheduled dental x-rays.
Based on the outcome of your comprehensive exam, you may receive treatment suggestions or helpful oral health tips on how to improve your dental hygiene before your next visit.
Always maintain good oral hygiene practices and follow through with any suggestions or instructions provided during your routine check-up.