Surprises can be fun. Surprise birthday parties or random acts of kindness can bring smiles to faces immediately. But in certain situations, it isn’t nearly as fun to be surprised.
If going to the dentist is an unfamiliar experience for you, rest assured we’re here to make you feel more comfortable. At Biggers Family Dentistry, we’re more than happy to share exactly what you can expect when you visit our office for a routine dental cleaning. With us, there are no surprises!
Check out in the information below to learn more about what happens during a routine dental cleaning and checkup, then call Biggers Family Dentistry at (804) 621-2199 to schedule your next appointment at our Midlothian, VA dental office.
What Happens During A Routine Dental Visit?
The American Dental Association recommends you visit the dentist for routine cleanings every six months for optimal oral health and prevention.
During your first visit to our office, we will take a full health history to better understand any issues or concerns we should be aware of. For the remainder of your visits, we’ll ask you about any changes in your health status to keep an up-to-date record.
Once we’ve documented your health history, we’ll begin the dental cleaning. At almost all check-ups we will conduct a complete cleaning with special dental tools. One of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up below your gumline. If not removed, plaque and tartar can lead to bad breath, cavities, gum disease, or other dental problems. We will also carefully and gently polish and floss your teeth.
At our Midlothian, VA dental office, we also treat your gums, which are the foundation of a great smile. Dental scaling and root planing remove stubborn plaque and tartar while making it harder for bacteria to build up along your gumline. If necessary, we can use local anesthesia to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the treatment.
While working on your mouth, we will conduct a thorough examination of your gums, teeth, and mouth to spot any potential problems. We do so to help you maintain your good oral health and to keep current problems from getting worse. The sooner we can spot and treat a dental issue, the better.
Will I Need X-Rays During My Check-Up At The Dentist?
Depending on your individual situation, we may also take X-rays during your dental check-up. The need for X-rays will depend on your age, symptoms, and risks of disease. With X-rays, we’re better able to diagnose potential problems and spot issues with your teeth, gums, or bone. With modern technology and proper precautions, there is no need to worry about dangerous amounts of radiation.
Because it’s important to us at Biggers Family Dentistry to use the most up-to-date dental technology, we use the Planmeca ProMax system to take X-rays. With this advanced technology, we’re able to get images of your mouth without making you uncomfortable. You simply stand there while the machinery quickly rotates around your head to take pictures!
Do You Have Dental Anxiety?
If you struggle with dental anxiety, we can help! Don’t let your fear of the dentist cost you your oral health. At our Midlothian, VA dental office, we regularly accommodate patients with dental anxiety and are more than happy to help you to feel more comfortable.
At our office, we offer dental sedation in the form nitrous oxide or oral sedation. Don’t hesitate to ask questions during your consultation to learn more about dental sedation and the many ways we can make you feel more comfortable during your time with us.
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Today
To maintain a healthy mouth, it is important to see your dentist for regular checkups and dental cleaning. If you haven’t yet, schedule a cleaning with our friendly and professional staff today. Call Biggers Family Dentistry at 804-621-2199 or contact us online to request an appointment. No matter if it’s your first time visiting our office or you’ve been seeing us for decades, don’t wait another day to schedule your next dental cleaning.