What Should I Expect?
What to expect during your dental visit:?
A Thorough Cleaning
A dental hygienist or dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and other problems. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
A Full Dental Examination
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems.
X-Rays: X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.
What to expect during your Medical visit:?
Updated health history
Your doctor may ask for an update on new developments and changes in your health history. This may include questions about your job and relationships, medications, allergies, supplements, or any recent surgeries.
Vital sign checks
This includes taking a blood pressure reading and checking your heart rate and respiratory rate. Your blood pressure should be checked at least once every year to once every three years, depending on your history.
Your doctor will review your appearance for signs of any potential conditions. They'll check the parts of your body that could visually indicate any existing health issues. This includes examining the following:
As the physical exam continues, the doctor will use tools to look in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. They'll listen to your heart and lungs.
This exam also includes: Laboratory tests
To complete the physical, your doctor may draw blood for several laboratory tests. These can include a complete blood count and a complete metabolic panel (also called a chemistry panel). The panel tests your blood plasma and can indicate any issues that exist in your kidneys, liver, blood chemistry, and immune system. This helps detect irregularities in your body that might indicate a larger problem. Your doctor may request a diabetes screen and a thyroid screen. If you have an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, or stroke, they may also request a lipid panel (cholesterol test)
You can bring a parent or other adult that you trust to your appointment. They can be in the room with you during your visit if you want. But you also have the right to talk with your doctor or nurse alone - and most of the time, your doctor will keep the info you share private.