The American Dental Association recommends coming in for a dental cleaning and checkup every six months, although you might want to consider coming in more often if you’re at risk for cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. Here we’ll explain what happens when you come in for a dental exam and cleaning as well as why it’s a good idea to make regular appointments.
Regular dental exams are important for many reasons.
They allow your dentist to screen your mouth for potentially serious diseases.
They let your dentist catch cavities before they become a problem, often eliminating the need for fillings.
They offer a chance for your dentist to evaluate your oral hygiene routine and advise you if you’re not doing enough.
They give you an opportunity to chat with your dentist about other procedures you might like, such as teeth whitening or veneers.
Going too long between appointments allows cavities to grow, gum disease to progress, and other potential diseases to grow more serious. It’s best to come in for an appointment as often as your schedule allows.
When you come in for a dental exam, your dentist will start by cleaning your teeth. It’s important that you brush and floss beforehand to allow your dentist to focus on the harder-to-reach areas. Next, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other potentially serious diseases.
In some cases, your dentist might take an x-ray of your mouth to better check for cavities. They will then tell you anything they’ve noticed during the appointment and will advise you of some possible next steps. At the end of your appointment, you’ll have a chance to ask your dentist any questions you might have.
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