What is dental
charting is a process in which your dental healthcare professional lists and
describes the health of your teeth and gums. This is also called periodontal
charting is usually done during dental checkups. It’s a graphic method of
organizing information about your dental health.
your dental appointment it’s best to incorporate the advice you’re given about
maintaining healthy teeth and gums. And try to make sure you go back for
regular checkups and charting.
dental chart is a graphical tool for organizing all the important information
about your teeth and gums. Your hygienist, who checks the inside of your mouth,
typically makes your dental chart.
investigating your mouth, your hygienist gets information about your teeth and
gums, and then makes notes on the chart about any important information that
needs to be recorded.
chart your hygienist produces can take a variety of forms. It is a graphical,
or pictorial, representation of your mouth. It shows every tooth and includes
spaces for making shorthand notes about the condition of your teeth and gums.
for dental charting
hygienist or dental assistant creates a dental chart of your mouth because it
is a good way of organizing the important information about your dental health.
By creating this chart, your dentist has all the information that they need to
access your dental health, in one place in a simple format. They will update
your chart every time you have a dental checkup so they can track the progress
of your dental health.
of dental charting
are many benefits to keeping a dental chart of your teeth and gums.
Benefits for your
- They are able to keep an
organized and easy-to-read record of the condition of your mouth.
- They can refer back to this chart
during future visits and compare your pockets depths
- They can update it to keep an
accurate record of what is happening in your mouth.
Benefits for you
- Your dentist is able to keep a
good record of your health issues.
- Your dentist is able to give you
the best care possible and track your progress if you have issues that require
- The chart gives both you and your
dentist a point of reference to see if you are making progress in your dental
health. With better home care gum pockets could improve
to expect during a dental charting
you are making a first visit to a new dental office, you can expect that your
hygienist will perform a complete dental charting of your mouth. You may only
need a brief check of your mouth and an update of your chart during future
visits. If you have problems that require treatment, you may need to get a full
charting at your next checkup to track improvements.
hygienist will begin by counting and numbering your teeth on the chart. Any
notable issues you have can then be assigned to the appropriate tooth and
marked with a shorthand note on the chart.
your teeth are numbered, your hygienist will examine your teeth. They may probe
your gums to check the depths of your gum pockets. Usually six readings per
tooth are recorded. And they will use an instrument to check the tops of your
teeth for decay.
your charting is complete, your hygienist will usually clean your teeth. Then
your dentist will do an examination. If there is anything of concern marked on
your chart, your dentist will investigate it more thoroughly.
after a dental charting
a regular checkup and a dental charting, your dentist will tell you what you
need to do next. If there are issues of concern, your dentist will recommend
things you can do at home, such as regular flossing, or using an electric
toothbrush. They will probably also schedule another appointment for any
procedures that are needed, like filling a cavity.