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Your Dentist Is Doing 10 Things You Didn't Know About During Your Checkup

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Summit Dental Group
Your Dentist Is Doing 10 Things You Didn't Know About During Your CheckupYou know how vital it is to have your dental checkup every six months. Do you know why, though? During a visit, your dentist and dental team do far more than just clean your teeth. Below are 10 interesting facts:

Scraping Tartar And Plaque Off

A little tool called a scaler is used by your dentist or dental hygienist to scrape any plaque and tartar. Scaping away the tartar and plaque, will help with your oral health and prevent gum disease.

Teeth Polishing

They will also polish your teeth. Polishing your teeth makes them smooth but the dentist will also minimize plaque buildup, and clean and floss them.

Examining Each Tooth

Your dentist will examine every aspect of your teeth using a probe and a small mirror. This allows them to check for any health issues or changes in your mouth since your last appointment.

Gum Checking

Your dentist will examine your gums for indicators of gum disease such as bleeding and swelling. They'll also take measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums to ensure they're not too big, as large gum pockets indicate unhealthy gums.

Observing Your Bite

Your dentist can determine if your teeth have recently migrated by looking at your bite. Alternatively, your dentist can ensure that your teeth shift at the proper pace if you have braces.

Scan For Cancer

If you get a comprehensive checkup, your dentist will look for symptoms of illness or cancer in your neck, head, palate, lymph nodes, tongue, and cheeks.

Salivary Gland Examination

Most people do not know how important it is that you produce salvia and enough of it. Your dentist will examine your salivary glands to ensure they are healthy and produce enough saliva.

Tonsil Examination

Your dentist will examine your throat and tonsils for symptoms of infection. This exam can also be a great way to identify cancer in the early stages.

Temporomandibular Joint Examination

The jawbone and skull meet at the temporomandibular joint. Your dentist will inspect it to ensure that it is in good functioning.

Tongue Checking

Your tongue's texture and size might disclose your dental and overall health. Your dentist will examine it to make sure nothing is wrong. You'll be glad you go to the dentist every six months. Make an appointment with us if you have any questions concerning your oral health.
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