Dental Checkups at Dental Design HQ Georgetown, TX

It's common for patients to question what a dental checkup entails if they are getting one for the first time or if it has been some time since their last visit to the dentist. A dentist will examine the mouth, teeth, and gums at this dental checkup to look for signs of infection, decay, and illness such cavities or periodontitis (gum disease)

They will also receive advice on home care at some point throughout the examination. This enables patients to maintain their smile in the greatest condition in between appointments. You may schedule your appointment by contacting our Georgetown team at HQ Dental Design at (512) 863-7561.

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Dental Hygiene

The dental expert will clean the plaque, a bacterial accumulation that forms on the teeth, during the dental visit. The dentist will use specialised equipment to exfoliate the teeth both above and beneath the gum line to accomplish this. Periodically throughout this process, the teeth might be washed. The dentist will then floss in between each tooth.

If the patient does not frequently floss, they may feel this to be rather irritating; however, if they incorporate flossing into their daily dental hygiene routine, this irritation will eventually subside.

Following the dental cleaning, the dentist will polish the patient’s teeth. This polishing aids in keeping the teeth clean and shining by preventing plaque formation. A rotating brush and a paste are used to apply the polish. Although it has a toothpaste-like consistency, this paste is a little bit coarser to help remove any material that may have been ignored. The patient may be instructed to wash and gargle with mouthwash once the dentist has finished cleaning their teeth

“The dental professional will eliminate the plaque, an accumulation of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth, throughout the dental cleaning”

To ensure that they can give you the finest care possible, always be truthful with our dental experts. The ability to check the roots under your gum line with the use of these X-rays is crucial for your dental team because they would otherwise be unable to do so during a standard checkup.

“Our dental team may offer numerous tips for at-home oral care to help eliminate oral health problems between dental exams”

Examining Your Teeth for Dental Checkup

The patient will be asked by the dentist about their dental background. They could inquire about the patient's health and prescriptions, as well as any sensitivities, concerns, or phobias. To ensure that they can give you the finest care possible, always be truthful with our dental experts.

With the aid of a tiny mirror, the dentist will examine the mouth and teeth for any indications of trouble.

They will be checking for tooth decay gum retraction, inflammation, abscesses, cuts, or lesions throughout this assessment. Dental pockets, often known as spaces between the gums and teeth, are one of the most essential parts they will check for. Dental pockets can be a sign of gum disease and present a health risk. The dentist could suggest at-home maintenance for good oral health.

“Always be honest with our dental team so they can provide the best care possible.”

X-rays of the mouth

At their dental exam, new patients and those who haven’t had them in quite sometime will be requested to get oral X-rays taken of their mouths. The use of these X-rays is crucial because it enables dentists to examine roots that are typically unreachable and below the gum line. The person will chew down on an object of silicone that has been inserted in between their teeth in order to take the X-rays. To take the photograph, a device will be positioned close to their cheek. The image will then be examined by their dentist to look for any potential dental issues.

“These X-rays are important for your dental team to be able to check the roots beneath your gum line, which could otherwise not be seen during a routine checkup.”

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The Benefits of Routine Dental Care

All patients are encouraged to visit the clinic for dental checks at a minimum every six months, according to our dental team. Our dental experts will be able to keep an eye on the mouth for any warning signs of trouble by setting up routine cleanings and checkups. When people postpone their appointments between visits, plaque has more time to accumulate, which can cause abscesses, tooth decay, receding gums, and other problems. During checkups, individuals will also receive instruction on how to avoid these problems. Maintaining good dental health begins at home. Our dental team may offer various suggestions for at-home oral care to help avoid oral health problems in between dental exams. These oral hygiene practises could involve:
  • brushing the teeth at least twice daily with fluoride-containing toothpaste
  • Flossing each day
  • Use a mouthwash
  • Refrain from smoking and other oral health-harming behaviours

“To prevent oral health issues between dental checkups, our dental team may make several recommendations for at-home oral care.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is a dental cleaning performed?

A. Dental expert will use specialised dental equipment to clean the teeth during a dental cleaning. These equipment comprise an electric toothbrush with abrasive toothpaste to cleanse and polish the teeth and a scraping instrument that resembles a tiny metal hook to eliminate plaque from the surface of the teeth. In addition to a dental mouthwash, a dental cleaning will remove plaque from the teeth and shield them from bacteria

Q. What is a dental exam, exactly?

A. Dental exam and a dental checkup are fairly comparable procedures. Similar to a physical, a dental practitioner cleans the teeth and looks for any warning signs of trouble. The distinction is that during a dental examination, the dental practitioner will also check the head and neck, which may be impacted by oral health. Typically, only new patients should get this assessment.

Q. What are dental X-rays used for?

A. Dental X-rays are similar to conventional X-rays in that they focus on the mouth. More particular, this X-ray examines the roots and regions below the gum line that a dentist would normally be unable to detect. Dental X-rays are crucial for looking for disease or other oral health issues near the tooth roots.

Q. What occurs if a person waits too long to have a dental exam?

A.. As teeth are used to chew food, bacteria inevitably stick to the tooth's outermost layer. While some of these bacteria can be eliminated by at-home oral care, it is very hard to do so without the use of specialised dental equipment. When people go too long without getting their teeth cleaned, these germs can accumulate on the teeth and cause plaque and tartar. If this accumulation is not cleared, it can eventually cause disease or tooth decay and raise more oral health issues.

Q. What at-home maintenance is advised in between dental checkups

A. Brushing and flossing at twice a day are advised methods of at-home dental care. Moreover, dental professionals advise patients to use fluoride-containing mouthwash. Patients may receive recommendations to abstain from smoking, eating foods high in sugar, and other practises that are proven to be detrimental to oral health.

Quality Dental Services Can Transform Your Smile

By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.

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Dental Terminology

Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
Dental Caries
Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
Dental Checkup
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
Dental Filling
A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
Dental Prophylaxis
A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
Dental Sealants
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.

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Following through with dental checkups is how patients can ensure that their smile stays healthy and free of decay or disease. Our dental team is here to help. To schedule a dental checkup or for help with your dental questions, please call our team at 512-863-7561.

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