Someone has truly said about our teeth, be true to your teeth, and your teeth will never false you”. That is quite right because our teeth need attention as much as our face, hands, or any other part of our body. Sadly, teeth are the most ignored part of the body when they perform the maximum and many of the most important functions. It is important that we take care of our teeth on a regular basis. Brushing our teeth at least two times a day is the minimum care that we can give to our teeth. Apart from that, dental floss and eating the right food is also equally important.
Regular dental visits
Dentists are the people who are responsible for making sure that we get healthy and shiny teeth. For this, we have to do our part by regularly visiting the dentist. American dental association has recommended dental visits every 6 months. This is the minimum duration when it is time to visit your dentist again.
What does a dentist do on each regular visit?
Our dentist checks the current health status of our teeth and does the necessary procedures. A regular dental visit basically involves assessment of teeth. For this purpose, a dental assessment form is present in the dentist’s office which he uses as a checklist to know the current health status of the teeth.
Dental assessment form
Now, the question arises, what is exactly asked in the dental assessment form which helps in the proper assessment of teeth of patients? Well, the answer to this is quite simple. A number of questions are mentioned in the assessment form which the patient has to answer and this helps the dentist know the overall idea of teeth.
- Dental assessment form begins with the usual information about the patient in which his age, name, sex is mentioned in the topmost column of the form. This is required for the establishment of identity and is kept in the hospital record.
- The next question is about the oral hygiene routine. The patient is asked about the number of times he brushes his teeth in a day. Some options are given and the patient has to mark one.
- Method of oral hygiene is also asked. Some people use manual brushing and some prefer to have battery-operated brushes.
- Assessment of gums is done by the dentist himself and he examines the patient’s gums for color, staining, bleeding, and sensitivity.
- The next portion of the dental assessment is purely done by the dentist himself. He checks the status of gingiva and also of all the sets of teeth individually. He looks for growth, occlusions, and ulcerations if present in the gingiva. He also checks for any prosthesis if present and its current status in the patient’s mouth. If required, the dentist can do the necessary procedures and treatments. All such treatments are then mentioned in the dental assessment form.
- In the end, the dentist’s comments are added and this form is kept in the patient’s file for later reference.