Going to the dentist regularly is super important! And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.1% of adults and 15.1% of children in the U.S. don’t see a dentist regularly. That’s a big percentage if you ask us.
You might be thinking, “I brush my teeth and I floss, so why do I need to visit the dentist? What does a dentist actually do?” The truth is that brushing and flossing aren’t enough! Beyond good oral hygiene, regular dental examinations prevent most dental diseases. So if you’re curious about what to expect when visiting the dentist for a checkup, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what goes down at the dentist (and we’ll cover each in greater detail too): dental x-rays, oral exams, cancer screenings, scaling and polishing, fluoride, sealants, and oral care education for home.