Your dentist will tell you how often to have routine checkups. Every person needs to see their dentists once or twice a year. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems.

Your dental hygienist will start to clean your teeth by scraping hard buildup (tartar) with a small metal tool. After that, the hygienist will floss your teeth, polish them using special compound, and apply fluoride

Sometimes your dentist will want to take X-rays. This takes only a few minutes

  • A dental assistant will put on you a protective apron on you to shield your body
  • A dental assistant will have you bite down on a small piece of plastic
  • A dental assistant will repeat this process several times to get pictures your teeth

Your dentist may put a sealant on the chewing surface of your back teeth. This helps to prevent cavities. Sealants keep food and bacteria from getting stuck to the rough chewing surfaces of your teeth

Your dentist or hygienist may recommend application of fluoride solution to help prevent tooth decay

If you are prone or susceptible to infections, you will need to take antibiotics before you have any dental work. This includes those who:

  • Have heart valve problems
  • Have an impaired immune system
  • Had major surgeries or have man-made body parts, such as an artificial hip or heart valve

You may be asked by your dentist about the foods you eat. What you eat can affect your dental health

If your dentist find cavities on your teeth, you will be advised to get the cavities filled before it is too late. Untreated cavities on your teeth can invade the nerve(“pulp”) inside the tooth, which will require root canal therapy and a crown.