Regular checkups are a vital component of maintaining good oral health and a beautiful smile.
How Often Should You Go?
We recommend seeing a dentist at least twice a year or every six months. Regular checkups allow you to adequately monitor your oral health and allow your dentist to find early signs of decay. Oftentimes, if you wait until you can feel a problem in your mouth, it has already progressed to an unnecessary point. Regular checkups give your dentist the opportunity to detect problems early, while they are still manageable.
What to Expect
A typical checkup includes an oral exam by the doctor, a thorough cleaning, and polishing. During the oral exam, the doctor will check your mouth, tongue, teeth, cheeks, and gums for overall health and early signs of disease. The doctor will also check your fillings and restorations to make sure that none of them are chipped, cracked, or worn away.
Your First Visit
Your first Moles & Ferri visit will typically include having x-rays taken. An essential component of any dental treatment plan, x-rays allow the doctor to see the structure of the jaw, the position of teeth (including those that may still be below the surface), tooth decay, and malformed roots.
During your first visit, we will also gather your medical history. It is important that your medical history be truthful, up to date, and include the frequency and doses of any medications (whether over-the-counter or prescription) that you are taking. While gathering your medical history, we will also ask you about any recent illnesses, hospitalizations and surgeries you may have had, as well as any fears you may have about dental treatment.
During your first visit, if appropriate, we will also discuss insurance and payment options, as well as your orthodontic goals.
Collecting this information and having a thorough medical history helps the doctor understand your medical needs and select the most safe and effective method of orthodontic treatment for you.
Checkups During Orthodontic Treatment
Just because you have braces doesn’t mean you no longer need regular checkups. Checkups during orthodontic treatment allow the doctor and hygienist to check for tooth decay, remove any plaque or calculus buildup on your braces, and use special tools to thoroughly clean your braces. These checkups also allow us to review with you techniques for brushing and flossing with braces.
Your Child’s First Orthodontic Checkup
Since most children do not get their first permanent teeth until they are roughly six years old, we recommend that you schedule an orthodontic checkup for your child when he or she is no older than seven. This gives the orthodontist an opportunity to spot problems early, which can potentially save treatment time and costs later.