You may already believe you know what a dental checkup entails. If you follow recommendations by the American Dental Association, you have probably had many checkups in your life, at least twice a year. Many people expect that dental checkups and cleanings are all about cavities. While these dental issues play a major role in preventive dental care, in the grand scheme of oral health issues, detecting cavities is not the most important aspect of a dental checkup. Our Reno dentists are here to explain what you can expect from our preventive dental care.
We Want to Evaluate Your Overall Wellbeing
Before our Reno dentist begins looking around in your mouth, we want to know specific information about your health. Many overall health issues can be closely related to your dental health. For instance, tell your dentist if you have diabetes or if you have had diabetes complications recently. We are also interested in knowing about bouts of rheumatoid arthritis, if you are thinking of becoming pregnant, or struggling with frequent migraines. Believe it or not, all of this information can have a big impact on your oral health and vice versa.
We Want to Know About Hidden Dental Issues
After catching up on your current health situation, our Reno dentist may take dental X-rays. These radiographs will give our experienced professionals insight into what is happening below the surface. For instance, X-rays can show us weak spots in your tooth where decay is beginning to form even below previous dental restorations like fillings. We can also see signs of jawbone deterioration from missing teeth or gum disease. Additionally, dental X-rays shed light on impacted wisdom teeth and tooth alignment.
Reno Dental Checkups
This is just the beginning of a thorough dental checkup with your Reno dentists. To hear more about the rest of a dental checkup, stay tuned for our next blog about gum disease and oral cancer screenings. For more information about preventive dentistry, contact our Reno dental office at 775-829-7700. We serve patients from Sparks, Sun Valley, Cold Springs, Spanish Springs, Golden Valley, Lawton, Mogul, and the surrounding Reno communities.