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What Happens During Dental Check-Ups and Why They Are Important
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you have a dental checkup performed every 6 months. Regular dental checkups are essential for making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. In between your examinations, it is important that you take great care of your teeth, brushing and flossing your teeth every day. If you experience problems with your teeth or you have gum disease, then you may need to visit the dentist more often than every 6 months. No matter how diligent you are when it comes to dental care, you still need to have your teeth, mouth, and gums checked by a professional. Dr. Steve Kim is able to monitor your oral health and check for any hidden signs of decay and gum disease. A professional dental cleaning is more than just a quick brush of your teeth to eliminate the built-up plaque and tartar. Dr. Kim will also be able to identify problems in your mouth before they progress or even show signs. Below, we will talk more about what happens during your dental checkup and why you need to come in for them. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim, call Steve Kim, DDS today.
What to Expect at a Dental Visit in Our Torrance, CA Office
When you visit our office for a dental checkup, checking for tooth decay is one of the many things that we do. In fact, you will receive a thorough dental examination. Dr. Kim will evaluate your head and neck to make sure your jaw joints are working properly and even check your gums to determine how healthy they are. You should not be surprised if he also examines your bite, face, and saliva. All of these areas matter and can help Dr. Kim determine if there are any underlying dental conditions. You will find that Dr. Kim focuses on plaque and tartar and the removal of it. This is because if you get buildup, it can lead to serious oral problems such as decay and gum disease. Tobacco, food, and beverages can cause plaque buildup and even staining over time. Soft plaque is what forms on your teeth daily and can be removed with a good dental cleaning routine, but when plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens and can irritate your gums and teeth.
Checklist to a Routine Dental Checkup
Below, Dr. Kim will provide you with a checklist of what typically occurs at your routine dental appointment.
Examination of Head and Neck
- Check your lower jaw joints
- Examine your face
- Examine your neck
- Clinical Dental Examination
Check for loose teeth
- Examine the gums and their appearance
- Check the tissues inside of the mouth
- Look for any signs of gum disease
- Check for broken teeth or loose/damaged fillings
- Examine the tongue
- Check your bite
- Check the contact between your teeth
- Look for any changes in the gums that cover the teeth or for receding gums
- Look for signs of tooth decay
- Evaluate any dental appliances you may have
- Take x-rays
The Dental Cleaning
- Check your gums and teeth for cleanliness
- Remove plaque and tartar that is present
- Polish your teeth
- Floss and brush your teeth
- Review with you any problems and recommend brushing or flossing techniques
Call Today to Schedule Your Dental Checkup with Steve Kim, DDS
Dental checkups are important, and you need to have routine appointments to check for tooth decay and gum disease. Once your initial exam and cleaning are performed, Dr. Kim will talk to you about your overall dental health and make any recommendations at that time. Sometimes, procedures or treatment may be required, especially if there is tooth decay or gum disease present. With continued dental checkups and a strict brushing and flossing schedule, your teeth and gums will remain healthy. If you would like to schedule a dental checkup in our Torrance office, do not hesitate to call us today.