Everyone does it a little bit differently. At our clinic, because of our background in radiation therapy, so we really do emphasize prevention. We do cancer screening tests as part of our protocol. We will do a cancer screening test, we will check for any abnormalities in the jaw bone, check lymph nodes to make sure there’s no swelling everywhere, then we check the bite, the jaw joint movements, and how the teeth are resting together. All these factors often go unnoticed, doing these check-ups lets us pick any of these up early. And then we check the teeth, checking for any signs of wear, decay, crack-lines, anything that can cause an issue potentially 5-10 years time. Then we check out the supporting structures. Without those, our teeth will just fall out.
Then after the clean, we go through how people should be cleaning their teeth. What they need to watch out for. Unless being taught by a professional, we all have different ideas on how teeth should be cleaned, and it may be wrong. When we carry through those checkpoints, I find that quite often, my first-time patients are often surprised that this is part of a check-up and clean, because some of their previous experience, they are used to dentists only focusing on the teeth.
So the way we do it is proper. Even though it slows us down.