Has it been some time since you last visited a dentist? If so, you’re not by yourself, as one in five Americans haven’t received dental care in the last few years. The reasons can range from cost-sensitivity to time constraints, or even anxiety. What’s most important is that you’re ready to take action now. Keep reading to find out what you can expect the next time you visit a dentist in Canton.
A Longer Cleaning
With an extended break between visits, you can expect a lengthier cleaning process. While you likely don’t want to dedicate more time to an appointment, it will pay off in a major way. That’s because harmful plaque and tartar will be removed, which will help to prevent tooth and gum decay.
If spending more time in the dental chair causes anxiety, you can ask to listen to music or watch a video to help pass the time.
X-ray Photos Taken
Dentists use X-ray images to get a glimpse of the areas of your mouth that can’t be evaluated with the natural eye. The insight the photos provide allows the dentist to establish a baseline for your oral health so that, at your upcoming visits, there will be a point of reference to determine whether you’re making progress or regressing.
A Full Examination
To ensure the most thorough assessment possible, you can expect to be examined by the dental hygienist and the dentist. If there are any cavities, signs of gum recession or disease, or indications of any other dental problems, they can be addressed sooner than later.
Additionally, the dentist may conduct an oral cancer screening. Usually only taking around five minutes to complete, it’s a completely painless process. However, it’s important to have done, especially if you use tobacco.
A Chat with the Dentist
The visit will conclude with a conversation with the dentist, where he or she will identify any issues discovered during the dental checkup. At this time, you’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have about your oral health, treatments you’re considering, ways to improve your dental care and any other concerns you may have.
So it’s been a while since you last visited the dentist. It’s not the end of the world. What’s most important is that you’re getting back into the “saddle” once again and recommitting to experiencing the best oral health possible. The efforts you initiate today will contribute to a much brighter and healthier future!
About the Author
To say that dentistry is in Dr. J.D. Robison’s blood is an understatement. The third-generation dentist earned his dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and then went on to follow in the family footsteps of practicing dentistry. Not one to rest on his laurels, Dr. Robison has actively sought more knowledge of advanced procedures and technology by taking several hours of continuing education. He offers comprehensive dental care at Robison Dental Group, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.