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What We Do During Routine Dental Checkups


Posted on 8/30/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
What We Do During Routine Dental CheckupsBefore we discuss what happens during a routine dental exam, we would like to stress how important it is that you have routine exams. You probably take very good care of your teeth by brushing two times a day, flossing between meals, brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth and ensuring that you are sufficiently hydrated to produce saliva.

Doing this certainly minimizes the potential you may have for any problems, but it doesn't eliminate them entirely. Regardless of how well you take care of your oral cavity and all of its components, you can still encounter problems; some due to genetics, some age, some even from the work you do.

If you are a new patient, we always ask that you come 10-15 minutes early prior to your first appointment so you have time to complete the medical history questionnaire. You may wonder why you need to complete this and what we can tell you is that it is important to know what medications you take or surgeries or illnesses you have had an impact your oral cavity and can affect your recovery from some oral procedures. We are not just being nosy.

What Do You Do for a Routine Exam?


We will usually start with a deep cleaning of your teeth. We scrape off tartar that has collected on your top and bottom teeth since your last cleaning. Don't feel bad that you have plaque and tartar. It collects on everyone's teeth because your toothbrush simply cannot get everywhere but our scraper can. After we scrape, we give your teeth a good cleaning and polish them. This polish helps to protect your teeth too.

We will usually start by visually checking your mouth. We will do this either with a light strapped on our head or the big overhead light. We use a little curved mirror to see the spots that are hard to see as the back of your teeth. We also check the cheeks, gums and the roof of your mouth in addition to your teeth. Anything we notice will be added to the cards we keep on your teeth.

Finally, we will take x-rays of your teeth. These will tell us if there is any decay beginning that we can't see. They also can show us the condition of the roots of your teeth below the gum line. After examining the x-rays, we will check your bite and examine your jaw bone to ensure it's aligned properly and there are no popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your jaw or move it from side to side.

And that's all folks! Nothing scary and no reason not to call us to make an appointment.
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Theills Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS

(845) 429-8060
14 Thiells Mt Ivy Rd
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway

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