See a Dentist at Least
Twice a Year for a Check-up
Our practice highly recommends that patients see a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. For the majority of patients who visit us, two visits per year is a workable schedule; but patients with gum disease may require more frequent visits. This would include patients who have a predisposition or tendency to get cavities or plaque buildup.
When you come to our practice for your routine visit, you will receive a cleaning, tooth polishing, and prevention and care instructions. Cleaning will involve removing any plaque buildup from around your teeth – which gathers over time, especially in places that are hard to brush or floss. If not physically removed by a dentist or dental hygienist, plaque can lead to cavities or disease. Regular removal of any buildup is the only way to de the l with plaque and prevent later problems. While daily brushing and flossing are necessary, they just aren’t enough.
Based on your examination, any needed x-rays and treatment recommendations will be given during your checkup as well. X-rays can help a dentist determine if there are any problem areas that need to be addressed and lets him see below the surface to anticipate issues.
Your checkup is also the time to address any pain or problems you have been experiencing. Be honest with your dentist about issues with chewing, swallowing, sleeping, breathing, or other oral irregularities. The sooner these are addressed, the faster they can be taken care of.
It is very important to perform regular check-ups at least twice a year to allow your dentist to look for problems that you might not be able to see or feel yourself. These regular check-ups prevent such problems from becoming a larger issue down the line. Your doctor can also detect the beginnings of tooth decay and provide a treatment plan to resolve it before it is too late, or harder to deal with.
Remember that certain conditions (such as stress or even illness) can affect the health of your mouth and your overall well-being. In such cases, it might be recommended by your doctor to make more than two visits a year. Talk to your doctor and see what works best for your particular dental state of health.