A routine dental check-up is an important part of maintaining your oral health. It consists of a thorough visual evaluation of your mouth, teeth, tongue, gums and throat, as well as a conversation with your dentist about your dental history and any symptoms you may have had at home. The hygienist will also clean and polish your teeth, talk to you about caring for your teeth, and answer any questions you may have. The first step in a routine dental check-up is to scrape the built-up plaque and tartar that build up above and below the gumline.
This is followed by flossing between and around each tooth to remove any plaque or food particles that have adhered to it. After this, the hygienist will conduct a dental exam to detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems early, when they are easier to treat. Most children and adults should have a dental exam every six months, with dental cleanings every year. At Castle Dental, you can schedule the checkup and cleaning at the same appointment, and we'll be able to see all of your family members.
Most dental insurance plans will cover most or all of the cost of routine dental checkups, but costs may vary. Getting a dental checkup at least once a year can help maintain the overall health of your teeth and mouth, and help identify any problems early. The last step in a routine dental checkup is to schedule the next one for an appointment six months from now. According to the Canadian Dental Association, about 80% of Canadians visit their dentist at least once a year for a regular dental checkup.