What to Expect During Your First Routine Dental Visit
Creating healthy, confident smiles is our mission; we’re glad you have taken the first step. Regular dental exams are an essential component of your oral hygiene routine. During your dental check-ups at Tansley Woods Dentistry in Burlington, Ontario, Dr. Thelam Nguyen and the team inspect your teeth, gums, and other oral structures to identify problems before they advance.
If it’s your first dental appointment, it’s natural to be a little anxious. Our office wants to message those negativities away by explaining what happens during a typical dental exam. Keep scrolling to find out.
What should I expect during a dental exam?
Our office never wants to see you hide your charming smile because of cavities, decay, or other issues. We make your dental exams as comfortable as possible so that you can keep coming. If it’s your first time in our office, this is what to expect.
- Knowing you: When you arrive, you will be welcomed by our friendly staff. If applicable, you’ll fill out the necessary paperwork as we verify your insurance. Then, we’ll inquire about your medical history, including past dental work, current medication, underlying medical conditions, presence of allergies, etc.
- Comprehensive oral exam: Our dentist inspects your mouth for signs of cavities, gum disease, decay, misalignment, oral cancer, and other issues. During oral screenings, you experience no pain, so there’s no need for anesthesia. Your dentist uses his eyes, hands, and a small mirror/camera to get details of your smile.
- Dental x-rays: Where clinically possible, we order digital x-rays to identify issues not visible to the naked eye. Digital radiographs help us identify hidden cavities, cysts, bone loss, wisdom teeth, tumours, etc., that may lurk beneath the gum line.
- Dental cleaning: If we find no significant issues with your smile, we professionally clean your smile to remove built-in plaque and tartar using scaling tools. Then, we floss and polish your teeth to remove surface stains for a gleaming smile.
Based on your exam results, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your smile to its healthy self. However, if you have a clean bill of health, we expect to see you after six months. Before your next appointment, brush and floss your teeth daily and use recommended mouthwash to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition.
Stay on top of your dental health with routine dental visits
Prevention beats cure every time, so we encourage you to see a dentist at least twice yearly. Even if it’s been years since you last saw a dentist, Tansley Woods Dentistry is open to all patients in Burlington, ON and its environs. Please call (289) 273-4289 to schedule your dental exam today!
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