If you get nervous at the thought of going to the dentist,
you’re not alone. It’s estimated that between 9 and 15 percent of Americans
avoid the dentist’s office due to anxiety and fear. However, there’s actually
nothing to be afraid of, especially during a regular checkup. Let’s look at what you
can expect during a routine visit to your dentist in Scarborough.
Routine checkups almost always involve a professional
cleaning to reach areas of your mouth that you can’t reach on your own. Your
dentist or dental hygienist will use special instruments to scrape below the
gumline and remove built-up plaque that could cause problems such as cavities
and gum disease. Your teeth may also be polished and flossed. Having these
cleanings at least twice a year, in addition to regular brushing and flossing
at home, can drastically reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.
The hygienist may also ask about your oral care routine at
home and, if needed, give you advice on how to keep your teeth as clean as
possible. Here are some tips on how to have excellent oral hygiene:
- Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride
toothpaste at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time. Make sure to brush
every part of the tooth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces.
- Floss every day to prevent plaque from building
up between the teeth.
- Wait half an hour after eating to brush to help
protect your teeth from damage.
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods. If you must have
them, be sure to rinse your mouth out to prevent sugar and acid from lingering
and hurting your teeth.
Your dentist will fully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth
for signs of disease or other problems. Catching potential issues early, before
they develop into worse problems, is the most important step in preventing
dental damage. For example, if your dentist notices a tiny cavity, then it can
be treated with a filling before the cavity worsens and requires a more
extensive procedure such as root canal therapy.
Depending on your age and overall health, your dentist may
recommend taking X-rays of your mouth. They can help diagnose problems that
can’t be seen by the naked eye, such as:
- Damage to the jawbone
- Cysts or tumors
- Decay between the teeth
Routine dental visits are nothing to be scared of. Your
dentist wants you to come in and see how you’re doing and how they can help you.
Be sure to visit them every three to six months to achieve the best smile you
About the Practice
At White Willow Dental in Scarborough, Ontario, we provide
friendly and non-judgmental dental care to help you improve your smile in a way
that’s comfortable for you. Drs. Samantha Amaro, Arti Patel, and Anny Charolia
have experience dealing with all kinds of patients, including those with dental
phobia, so they can make your visit as easy as possible! To learn more, click here or call