Is it time for your six-month dental checkup? If you’ve been keeping regularly scheduled appointments you will know to expect to have your teeth cleaned by the dental hygienist before you see the dentist. She will scrape off any tartar that has hardened to your teeth, check for early signs of gum disease or white spots on your teeth that could indicate tooth decay and finish up with floss and polish – you get to pick what flavor!
When the dentist comes in he will consult with the hygienist about her findings before doing his own thorough examination of your teeth and gums. If digital x-rays were ordered he will display the images on a computer screen so that you can see the result for yourself. This technology has made it much easier for the dentist to communicate their findings and explain recommended procedures to their patients. Like the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
If there is no imminent treatment to be discussed this could be a perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have about how to maintain your oral health with home care, diet and lifestyle choices. A medical setting, however, can be somewhat intimidating for the patient, it might help to make a list of your concerns beforehand.
If you haven’t done so already schedule your next regular appointment with Kendra L. Patterson, DMD today. Call 303-722-9504 in Denver.