Are Dental Checkups Really Needed Every Six Months?
Posted on 9/25/2019 by Matt Aldridge DDS
Do you really need to come in and get a checkup every six months, or is it easy to wait longer periods of time? The answer is yes, we do need to see you every six months. Regular dental visits are very important, as they help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Even if you practice excellent dental hygiene at home, reformation of plaque on your teeth is inevitable. Those who do not visit us regularly, risk major oral disease, which can also lead to other health issues.
What Happens During Dental Checkups?
At your six-month "cleaning" appointment, much more happens than just cleaning your teeth. There will be a review and update of your medical history, and also, a blood pressure screening in most cases. We will then do a thorough visual examination. During this time, we check for signs of oral cancer, signs of cavities, chips, or broken fillings. We look for signs of infection or inflammation of your gums. There may be some probing to check and measure the gum pockets.
Then there is also is the radiographic exam. This portion of your visit includes dental x-rays. We may also perform some more specialized exams, if needed. This can include checking dentures, retainers, clients with sleep apnea, patients bleaching their teeth, etc. Then we perform the "cleaning." We remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and finish off with a polish. Some patients may receive an application of a topical fluoride. At the end of your appointment, we will review all of the exams, findings, any diagnosis, and recommended treatments with you.
Seeing us every six months is the best way to prevent problems with your oral health. Even if you follow all the rules and take care of your teeth at home, you will still benefit from regular visits. There are areas of the mouth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss... But we can! Call us today!
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