Regular Dental Checkup
Regular dental checkups are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. It’s a critical part of your oral health and something we recommend to all of our patrons. Dental checkups should be completed every six months to maintain proper optimal health.
Regular Dental Checkups
A dental checkup provides us with the opportunity to examine your oral health and monitor any changes that have occurred since your last visit. There are a variety of things a regular dental checkup could include, all of which are critical pieces to your oral health.
Comprehensive Dental Exam
Preventative dentistry is the practice of routinely caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This includes regular trips to your dentist for professional services, which are vital for maintaining your oral health. They help prevent and identify issues such as gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, and more before they become more costly and painful experiences. Exams are often recommended every six months, but the recall time can vary based on your individual oral condition.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral Cancer Screenings are completed during your comprehensive and periodic exams. Examination of your soft tissues and radiographs are used in combination to detect any pathology that may be present. Early diagnosis is important for the best long term results, and oral cancer screenings are one reason regular dental exams are so important.
Dental Prophylaxis Cleaning
Dental Prophylaxis, also known as cleaning, is a professional cleaning service designed to thoroughly clean teeth. It is recommended for individuals who practice good oral hygiene and who are free of active periodontal disease and inflammation. Regular cleanings can help to diminish the development of cavities and gum disease. Prophylaxis is often recommended every six months, but the recall time can vary based on your individual oral condition.
Fluoride Varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride applied quickly and painlessly to teeth in a gel-like form to help strengthen teeth and reduce sensitivity.
Why are dental checkups important?
Many oral health concerns can only be detected through a thorough examination by a trained dentist. Dental checkups provide oral cancer screenings, digital X-rays to check for hidden issues, and professional cleanings to eliminate plaque, bacteria and other buildups that daily brushing and flossing won’t effectively eliminate.
How often should you get dental checkups?
Ideally, dental checkups are performed every six months. On your first visit to the dentist, they will ask for a full health history to gain an understanding of your past and current health. From there, regular dental checkups will be used to determine any change in your oral health and keep your teeth and mouth in good shape or maintained appropriately.
The American Dental Association, and most dentists, recommend six months because the maintenance and cleaning provided at each visit is the best way to ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
What are the signs of oral cancer?
Mouth cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, and sinuses. Because early detection is critical to overcoming the disease, make an appointment with your doctor if any of the following occur:
- Sore, swelling, lumps or thick patches in or around your mouth
- The feeling of a lump or object in your throat
- Numbness or pain anywhere in your mouth
- Loose teeth with no dental cause
- Lingering sore throat or hoarseness
- Areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or lips
- Trouble moving your jaw, swallowing or speaking
- Pain in your ear without loss of hearing
Over half of those in the U.S. survive oral cancer after five years, according to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, but it is critical it is caught early.
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