Getting a dental checkup at least once each year is the best way to make sure that your smile is healthy and clean. However, this procedure goes beyond vanity as it prevents dangers such as cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
What happens during a dental checkup?
During a routine dental checkup, you get to talk to your dentist about recent changes in your body such as pregnancy, diabetes, ingest of new medications, etc. This ensures that you’ll get the best care from your dental specialist, and that they know what to expect when examining your teeth.
The second step of a dental checkup is a teeth cleaning process which is very quick, and it removes plaque that has accumulated below the gums. Afterward, the teeth get slightly polished to smoothen the surface to avoid plaque from gathering in uneven parts.
Once that beautiful smile is nice and clean, the examination begins, and they do it with a special mirror to try to identify any kind of problem such as swollen gums, cavities, etc. If there are any abnormalities, your dentist will let you know and start working on solving the problem right away (it usually includes x-rays, medications, and change of one’s eating habits).
That examination is the key to preventing a problem as heavy as oral cancer, so your dental checkups should be treated with as much seriousness as a general checkup with a doctor.
Tips to remember getting a checkup
It is hard to remember events that happen just once a year such as anniversaries, so remembering to get a dental checkup can be hard as well. Here are a few tips that will help you make sure you’ll never forget your dental appointments:
1. Schedule your checkup close to an important date: This could be your birthday, Christmas, the first day of school, etc. Make sure that it is a date you never forget, and that way you’ll definitely remember your dental appointment. Of course, you may not want to do it the same day as the important date – no one wants to spend its birthday at a dentist’s office! – so schedule the appointment the very next day.
2. Tell the receptionist to remind you a week before our appointment: Most dental offices already do this automatically via SMS or even, which is an absolute blessing. IF this service is not offered in your regular dentist, you can try setting an alarm on your phone instead.
3. Write it down in as many places as possible: In your agenda, a paper that you paste on the fridge, notes on your phone and laptop, a post it in your desk – everywhere! The more you write something, the best you memorize it.
Bonus: Schedule your checkup with months of anticipation. For example: If your next checkup should be until November, but you remembered in June, try to schedule it since June. This is because remembering to schedule an appointment is much harder than just remembering that you have an appointment.