If 2020 wasn’t your golden year for staying on top of your dental health, no one could blame you – not even your dentist! In fact, if you’re like many others, the pandemic likely forced you to have to put off many of your scheduled appointments “indefinitely” until the practice opened back up. Perhaps though, it has been much longer than a year since you’ve been to the dentist’s office. Although it is very common for people to go years without seeing their dentist, it is definitely not a good habit to get into. If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled a routine visit, keep reading to learn what you can expect the next time you see your dentist.
Here’s What to Expect at Your Next Dental Checkup if You’ve Skipped a Few
You may not have ever thought of it like this, but seeing your dentist for regular checkups can actually save you time and money. They have a trained eye to catch the beginnings of oral issues before they turn into bigger problems that are costly to treat. Additionally, your toothbrush can only do so much, so it’s important for your teeth and gums to be deep cleaned by a professional dental hygienist twice a year. Whether it has been months or years, there’s no judgment against you, but here is what you should expect at your next routine checkup:
A Medical History Review
Over time your body and your health condition are likely to change, and your dentist knows this. Even if you were a regular patient at the practice, there is a good chance you will need to fill out more paperwork, either in the office or online so that your dentist can stay up to date with where your oral health or lifestyle stands.
Thorough Oral Exam
Of course, each time you visit your dentist they thoroughly examine your mouth, but if they are aware it has been a while since your last visit, they will likely dig a bit deeper to make sure any problems haven’t gone unnoticed. A few things they will check for are gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer.
Seeing what’s below the surface of your teeth and gums is just as important as they are. Your dentist will likely want to take fresh x-rays so that they can ensure that your jawbone is healthy and that the roots of your teeth are in good condition as well.
All around you, technology in just about every industry is evolving at a rapid rate, and the world of dentistry is no different. If you haven’t been inside a dentist’s office in several years, there’s a good chance you will see some new tools, technology, and treatment methods that you weren’t familiar with before.
Treatment Plan Touch Base
One of the most common reasons why people fall behind on their regular dental checkups is because they leave without having a treatment plan in place. Everyone’s smile is unique to them and it’s important to discuss what your goals are with your dentist so that they can help you set your oral health up for success. Before you leave the office, make sure to get your next appointment in the books. Even if it’s a long time from then, at least you’ll have a reminder set to reschedule it when it gets closer to the appointment time.
Don’t let busyness, discomfort with dental care, or any other reason deter you from seeing your dentist for oral care. Contact them as soon as possible to get your next routine checkup and cleaning scheduled.
About the Practice
Dr. Thomas Neslund leads the team of experts at Carlisle Family Dentistry. Their priority is to treat their patients with the highest level of respect possible and to educate them on how to properly care for their smiles. Dr. Neslund is also passionate about enhancing people’s lives, and his years of training and education make his practice the best choice for your next dental checkup in Carlisle. You can request an appointment online or call (717) 258-5455.