The Details of a Dental Checkup

If it’s been awhile since you last visited the dentist for a routine dental checkup, it may seem a little daunting to make an appointment. Will your dentist be mad that you’ve gone so long without a cleaning? Will they make fun of you for never flossing? Will your gums bleed unstoppably? Will the procedures be unbearably painful? The anxiety can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Dental checkups are incredibly routine and 99% of the time they are simple, straight foward, and while possibly slightly uncomfortable, should not cause you serious pain. Learn what to expect from your next dental checkup in today’s blog, below.

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Scared of a dental checkup? There’s no need to be!

Dental cleaning

The first step of your oral health appointment will be a thorough tooth cleaning. During this process, your dentist will use a variety of tools and techniques to scrape your teeth clean of tartar, remove built up plaque, and buff your teeth so they feel clean and fresh. First, a scaler will be used to scrape off your teeth. While this process is often slightly uncomfortable because it’s such a strange feeling, it generally should not hurt. Then, a special motorized toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste will be used to give your teeth the deep clean they’ve been craving.

Dental examination

Once your teeth have been buffed and polished to the cleanest they’ve been in years, your dental examination will begin. During this process, your dentist will lookout for signs of trouble such as tooth decay, cavities, bite alignment, and more. A small angled mirror will allow them to view your teeth from all angles so they can give you a thorough assessment of your dental health. If any issues are found, then your dentist will recommend next steps and schedule an appointment to have them taken care of.


Even though a dental checkup isn’t the most pleasant process, it is incredibly important to ensure that your dental health is up to snuff. While it can be tempting to delay making your appointment, you have nothing to fear and much to gain, so give us a call to schedule your dental checkup today!

Park Dental, Your Upper Marlboro Dentist

Get in touch with Park Dental today to make an appointment! It’s easy! Just call us at 301-599-0194, or use our contact form! We also offer affordable in-house dental plans for families, small businesses, college students, and individuals. Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter,Google+, and Pinterest for more oral health tips and information!


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