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What Happens During a Routine Dental Checkup at a Dentist's Office?

While most people visit their Medicine Hat dentist on a regular basis, many don't really know what's actually going on while they sit in the dentist chair. The Medicine Hat dentists and hygienists at Grover Dental are happy to inform our patient about what typically goes on during a routine dental checkup. We want you to know exactly how we help to preserve your dental health and prevent future problems.

Your first routine checkup visit at Grover Dental will begin with an overview of your medical history, and all future checkups will begin with a discussion about any changes to your health. It is important for your dental team to know about any health concerns and allergies in order to allow them to provide you with the best care possible.

The first work to be done on your teeth during a dental checkup is a cleaning. A hygienist will scrape off the plaque and tarter that has settled on your teeth and below the gumline since the last cleaning, and give your teeth a thorough flossing as well. A regular cleaning is important for reducing your risk of gum disease.

After your dental cleaning, your teeth will be polished for a shiny finish. Using a tooth polisher -- a special tool with a spinning head -- your hygienist will apply a slightly abrasive paste to remove any persistent plaque and smooth out the surface of your teeth.

Once your hygienist is finished cleaning and polishing, they will discuss any oral health issues they may have noticed and give you some tips for how to take better care of your teeth. For example, they may give you pointers on flossing effectively or let you know which areas of your mouth need more attention.

If it is your first time at a new clinic, or if has been a while since your last x-ray, then you will likely have a new one done during your appointment. X-rays are a quick and incredibly useful way of giving your Medicine Hat dentist a look under your gum line.

At the end of a dental checkup, dentists in Medicine Hat perform a complete visual examination of the teeth and gums, taking into account your X-ray if you had one done. Using a small angled mirror and a metal probe, your dentist will check for signs of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. If any dental issues are detected, you'll be scheduled for further appointments to have them addressed.

The dentists at Medicine Hat's Grover Dental provide routine dental checkups and examinations, as well as a variety of other dental and oral health services. We'll make sure your teeth are properly cleaned and that any potential dental health issues are taken care of early.

If it's time for your bi-annual dental checkup and you're looking for a clinic that strives to make you feel welcome, then Grover Dental is the dental clinic for you. Book an appointment with one of our Medicine Hat dentists today.

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