In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the standard elements typically involved in a dental checkup. Such checkups are very important for people of all ages, helping not only keep the teeth and mouth clean and healthy, but also identify any problems and remedy them before they become more significant.

At Canyon Rim Dental, we’re happy to provide numerous family dentist services for our clients, including everything from standard dental checkups to advanced procedures like wisdom teeth removal and several others. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few other sections that are commonly included in a dental checkup, plus why they matter and should not be skipped for any reason.

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Dental X-Rays

While dental X-rays won’t necessarily be performed on every patient during every checkup, they are a common procedure that will generally be done at least once a year when you visit your dentist (this frequency may change based on specifics of your mouth or teeth). These X-rays are valuable because they allow your dentist to examine the teeth from a different perspective.

You see, a simple visual examination will catch most cavities and related issues – but not necessarily all of them. Some cavities are not visible on the fronts or tops of teeth, or may show up between teeth where it’s harder to see (and harder to brush or floss). In these cases, X-rays will pick up these concerns even if your dentist’s eye can’t, plus will help identify other issues with jaw alignment or related concerns.

Plaque and Tartar

Plaque buildup is another area your dentist is looking for and will help you address, especially in areas of the mouth that are harder to reach. Tartar is a related buildup, the result of when plaque is able to harden onto the teeth – once plaque turns to tartar, it generally can’t be brushed or flossed away.


And in cases where our dental team identifies plaque or especially tartar in your teeth, we’ll also take steps to remove it. One such step is known as scaling, which involves the use of a special tool that will remove the plaque and tartar without damaging the teeth in any way.


And finally, pretty much every dental checkup will come with basic polishing services, which are both aesthetic and practical in nature. Not only will polishing help remove surface stains and any bacteria issues taking place, it will also make the mouth feel and taste fresh while also bringing out the shine in your smile.

For more on the elements involved in a dental checkup, or to learn about any of our general dentistry services, speak to the staff at Canyon Rim Dental today.