Check Up

Check Up

Most people should see their dentists twice a year. Individuals with gum disease should be seen more often. Usually every three to four months. Dr. Dwivedi will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems and give you his recommendations.

 

  • Occasionally X-rays are necessary to make a complete diagnosis.. The X-rays take only a few minutes.

 

  • We will have you put on a heavy apron to shield your body from X-rays.

 

  • You will be instructed to bite down on a small piece of plastic. This will help align the teeth properly for the machine. Thing process will be repeated several times to get pictures of all your teeth.

 

  • Possibly a panoramic X-ray will be taken. This is an external radiograph, therefore there is no possibility of gagging.

 

  • Please let us know if there is any concern over the radiographs and the radiation. Dr Dwivedi will be happy to explain the radiation exposure and address any concerns you may have.

 

  • If necessary a sealant is placed on the chewing surface of your back teeth to help prevent cavities. Sealants keep food and bacteria from getting stuck in the rough chewing surfaces or grooves of your teeth, and they protect your teeth from plaque. This is usually done to children as the adult teeth start to erupt into the mouth.

 

  • We may apply a fluoride solution directly to your teeth to help prevent tooth decay. we may recommend a series of fluoride applications.

 

  • If you are prone to infections, or if infections are particularly dangerous for you, you may need to take antibiotics before you have some types of dental work. You may need to take antibiotics if you:

o Have certain heart problems that make it dangerous for you to get a heart infection called endocarditis.

o Have an impaired immune system.

o Had recent major surgeries or have man-made body parts, such as an artificial hip or heart valve.

 

  • We may ask you about the foods you eat. What you eat and whether you get enough vitamins and minerals can affect your dental health.

 

More information can be found on the ADA website :www.healthymouth.com.