Laguna View Family Dental understands that you may be apprehensive or curious about what procedures could be like in our offices. This is totally understandable. We are here to try and ease that worry and stress and have your visit with us go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions.
When Should I Go?
Deciding when to go to the dentist can be tricky, and you tend to hear different things from different people. A general rule of thumb is to go at least every six months. These are just checkups to ensure that you are on the right track to maintaining your optimal oral health. These are also important as this is where you are likely to catch disease, cavities or decay, or even oral cancer. A trained eye can spot a problem much more easily than you may be able to, and we have the technology to do so.
How Often Do I Need X-rays?
There are a lot of factors that go into how often you need x-rays. Often it is up to the dentist’s discretion and your oral health history. The disease can develop below the gum line and within teeth in areas that aren't well accessible to the human eye, so getting x-rays regularly helps to spot early signs before they can worsen. Dental x-rays are low risk since the levels of radioactivity are very low.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Before the disease becomes full-fledged, you may not have significant symptoms. Some people may not notice any at all, while others may bleed slightly when brushing. However, the disease can (and if left untreated, will) get worse. It can lead to much worse symptoms such as redness and inflammation all the way to tooth loss. It is essential that you catch the disease before it gets to an irreversible level.
What Happens at my Six-Month Checkup?
First, unfortunately, there will be paperwork. We need your medical history to give us some background information on the possible disease or something to look out for during any procedures. We eliminate a lot of risks this way. Then, the hygienist will inspect each and every tooth before cleaning them thoroughly. He or she will take extra time to ensure that plaque build-up is dealt with. Then, we will come in and give you tips or pointers that you may be able to use on an individual level to get the best experience out of brushing or general care each day. The hygienist will take the time to inspect your teeth as well, to look for decay, and then you will be screened for oral cancer. In the end, we will talk with you about what you can do to improve your oral health if it means coming in for a filling or something more, or just continuing your care routine as is.
There is a lot more that goes into dentistry than this, but generally, these are our most popular questions. If you have a more specific question that we did not answer here, be sure to call us at (916) 683-1335 anytime, and we will be more than happy to help you!