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What You Need To Know About Dental Checkups

If you want to maintain your oral and dental health, you will have to make sure that you go for the regular dental checkups. If it is your first dental checkup after a long time or it is the first one in the new area you have relocated to, you need to know what you can expect a dentist’s office. This is what we are going to discuss here.

Getting prepared for the dental visit

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind especially if you are going to visit a dentist’s office in the new area for the first time.

  • Make sure that you have all of the necessary documents that your new dentist can look at to examine your case. You should also provide contact information of the most recent dentist and doctor.
  • You can request your former dentist to transfer your records to the new dentist via email.
  • If you have any health condition, you need to tell your new dentist about it.
  • Don’t forget to tell your dentist about any specific issues such as dental anxiety or fear.

At the dentist’s office for checkup

While different procedures are followed at different dental offices. There are some generalized steps that every dentist follows.

When you will check-in, a receptionist or the dental staff is going to receive you. They are going to collect your contact number and your health history. Make sure that you answer all of their questions. They may also ask about the medications you are on. They are going to keep your information private. Remember, they are going to update information on every dental visit.

After checking in, the dentist staff is going to take you to the dentist for a basic dental checkup. The procedure of this basic dental checkup may involve the following.

  • The dentist is going to take x-rays of your teeth in order to know about the health of your teeth’s portion below the gum line.
  • The physical exam comes next in this procedure. The physical exam helps a dentist know about the health of teeth and gums. Moreover, they are also going to look for the other abnormalities such as oral cancer during this exam. Based on this exam, they can recommend you certain healthcare procedures which you can follow at home in order to maintain your oral health.
  • After the evaluation is complete, your dentist is going to start the treatment based what seems appropriate. The treatment is going to be planned based on the information derived from evaluation.

After your treatment is complete, you need to pay for your visit and get the next visit scheduled.

Permanent Teeth: Things Parents Need To Know

A child with two missing teeth in the front looks pretty cute. Parents surely wait for this moment but most of them don’t really know what to do when the new round of teething starts. Since these are going to be the permanent teeth, parents need to make sure that they are doing everything to keep oral health of their kids in good shape.

The number of teeth

It starts with the baby teeth which are also called primary teeth. All of the primary teeth erupt until the age of 2 or 3 years. The total number of primary teeth is 20. At the age of five, the primary teeth start getting replaced by permanent teeth. The total number of permanent teeth is 32.

Many parents underestimate the role of primary teeth just because they are not permanent. But the matter of fact is that those primary teeth are significantly important for the oral health of your child. First, they help your kids chew their foods. Secondly, they act as placeholders for the permanent teeth. There are usually 10 primary teeth in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw. On the other hand, the number of permanent teeth in the upper jaw is 16 and same is the case with lower jaw.

Time of eruption of permanent teeth

If you look at the eruption of permanent teeth, you will notice that they follow the same pattern as that of the primary teeth. Usually, the first set of primary teeth falls out to give space to the permanent teeth to grow. We are not talking about the exception in which the teeth fall out due to injury or trauma to teeth or face.

The age at which most of the children start losing their primary teeth is 5 or 6 years. And they get their majority of permanent teeth at the age of 12 - 13 years. These teeth mainly include four front teeth (incisors), four lateral incisors, teeth that are located between front teeth and canines, canines, and eight molars. Two of the molars grow in the area where there were no primary teeth. It means they didn’t have to replace any teeth.

Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of teeth to arrive. They usually start erupting between 17 to 21 years of age. In some cases, wisdom teeth may never erupt. In many cases, the mouth doesn’t have enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt. This lack of space leads to the impacted teeth which can be quite problematic and painful. The dentist may decide to remove wisdom teeth in this regard.

Good oral care is extremely important to make sure that the teeth of your child remain healthy. For this purpose, you can educate them about dental hygiene and make sure that you take them to dentist regularly.