June 13, 2019
If you get nervous at the thought of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that between 9 and 15 percent of Americans avoid the dentist’s office due to anxiety and fear. However, there’s actually nothing to be afraid of, especially during a regular checkup. Let’s look at what you can expect during a routine visit to your dentist in Scarborough.
Routine checkups almost always involve a professional cleaning to reach areas of your mouth that you can’t reach on your own. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use special instruments to scrape below the gumline and remove built-up plaque that could cause problems such as cavities and gum disease. Your teeth may also be polished and flossed. Having these cleanings at least twice a year, in addition to regular brushing and flossing at home, can drastically reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.
The hygienist may also ask about your oral care routine at home and, if needed, give you advice on how to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Here are some tips on how to have excellent oral hygiene:
- Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time. Make sure to brush every part of the tooth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces.
- Floss every day to prevent plaque from building up between the teeth.
- Wait half an hour after eating to brush to help protect your teeth from damage.
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods. If you must have them, be sure to rinse your mouth out to prevent sugar and acid from lingering and hurting your teeth.
Your dentist will fully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of disease or other problems. Catching potential issues early, before they develop into worse problems, is the most important step in preventing dental damage. For example, if your dentist notices a tiny cavity, then it can be treated with a filling before the cavity worsens and requires a more extensive procedure such as root canal therapy.
Depending on your age and overall health, your dentist may recommend taking X-rays of your mouth. They can help diagnose problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye, such as:
- Damage to the jawbone
- Cysts or tumors
- Decay between the teeth
Routine dental visits are nothing to be scared of. Your dentist wants you to come in and see how you’re doing and how they can help you. Be sure to visit them every three to six months to achieve the best smile you can!
About the Practice
At White Willow Dental in Scarborough, Ontario, we provide friendly and non-judgmental dental care to help you improve your smile in a way that’s comfortable for you. Drs. Samantha Amaro, Arti Patel, and Anny Charolia have experience dealing with all kinds of patients, including those with dental phobia, so they can make your visit as easy as possible! To learn more, click here or call (416)-285-4545.
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