What to Expect from Your Dental Checkup

Making a trip to the dentist’s office doesn’t usually top anyone’s lists of fun things to do; however, you don’t have to view the experience with dread. Regular checkups enable your dentist to evaluate your oral health and keep your smile in good shape. The American Dental Association actually recommends twice yearly visits in most cases.

Knowing what to expect from your visit may ease some of the stress. When you have specific issues to discuss, like cosmetic updates or replacement options for missing teeth, consider writing down your concerns and bringing the list with you. If you are new to the office, call ahead to find out about any necessary paperwork you may need to fill out before your actual appointment time.

At the beginning of your visit, the dentist or hygienist will usually review your oral and overall health to make any updates to your history. Depending on how long it’s been since your last appointment, X-rays may also be taken. Usually, the hygienist will look at your teeth, evaluate your gums, and perform a cleaning. If the hygienist discovers any issues, like signs or gum disease, the dentist will make recommendations to address the problems and restore your oral health.

After your cleaning, the dentist will usually examine your teeth, gums, and mouth. The doctor will want to assess your current oral health status as well as look at previous restorations to make sure there aren’t any problems. Your dentist will also let you know of any current concerns, including possible cavities or gum inflammation. At this time, your doctor will explain the suggested treatment and create a detailed plan for any additional care.

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The Causes of Crooked Teeth

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so when you have crooked teeth it really impacts the way you feel about yourself. You may not even allow yourself to smile at all! Have you ever wondered why your teeth are crooked in the first place?

 

Genetics

Experts say the most common reason behind misaligned or crooked teeth is that it’s an inherited trait. Just like the color of your eyes or hair, you may be predisposed to having teeth that aren’t in straight alignment. Some genetic conditions can influence your bite, making top and bottom teeth improperly meet when you close your mouth. The pressure on your teeth from a misaligned bite can produce crooked teeth.

 

Mouth and jaw shape

Another reason for teeth being out of place is that your mouth may be too small. Your teeth become crowded and shift in order to make space for all your teeth to fit. Also, it’s possible your upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or didn’t form correctly.

 

Timing

Early loss of baby or adult teeth can both result in making the teeth left behind become crooked. Tooth overcrowding can occur when permanent teeth replace the baby teeth. Misalignment of teeth can happen when adult teeth shift to take over the spots where adult teeth have fallen out.

 

Trauma

Jaw or facial trauma often shifts your teeth out of place. Your jaw may also become misaligned due to an injury. In fact, traumas can cause some of the most severe cases of crooked teeth.

 

Bad habits

Common oral health issues during childhood may cause overlapping and twisted teeth. These include habits like thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier or bottle, and tongue thrusting. These behaviors may apply force to the teeth and cause them to shift into improper positions.

 

Disease

Gum disease can impact the position of your teeth, especially when you lose teeth due to advanced gum disease called periodontitis. Your remaining teeth may shift with the extra space in your mouth. Also, diseases such as cancer can result in mouth or jaw tumors that alter the location of your teeth and jaw.

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