The regular dental checkup includes two things: general examination and oral prophylaxis.
First, the dentist will look for cavities and take X-rays to see hidden cavities in between your teeth. The checkup also includes plaque and tartar examination. Proper bridging and flossing can prevent plaque buildup that eventually leads to tartar. Tartar is a stain that can’t be removed with brushing. If they are left untreated for a long time, your mouth will be full of oral issues.
Next, with the help of a special tool, gums are checked properly. It helps to evaluate the depth of the gums; shallow gums are the healthiest.
Your dentist will also thoroughly examine your tongue, throat, neck, and face. This is done to check for inflammation or swelling.
If the examination reveals oral health problems, your dentist may recommend additional diagnostic tests or advise you to return for restorative work such as dental crowns, bridges, fillings, or additional oral health care.
Your teeth will be cleaned properly during the visit. Your dentist will perform scaling to eliminate dark stains from your teeth, making them spotless. After scaling comes polishing and the process ends with gentle flossing.