Seniors know what to expect at your dental visit
Your senior dental visit will likely consist of the following:
* X-rays: Normally given at least one a year though they may be needed sooner depending on the status of your dental health. They are used to spot problems undetectable to the eye such as bone deterioration below the gum line.
* Dental Exam: During a dental exam your dentist will check your mouth, teeth and gums for signs of cavities, a loose tooth filling and gum disease. He or she will also look at your neck, lymph glands, cheeks, tongue and lips to check for signs of infection or oral cancer.
* Dental Cleaning: You will also normally have a basic dental cleaning where the dentist or dental hygienist will scrape off any dental plaque or tartar from above and below your gum line, then polish and floss your teeth.
* Treatment Plan: Depending on what the dentist observes during the exam, he or she will recommend a dental treatment plan. Your dentist can also review proper self-care tips for brushing, flossing and caring for dentures.