Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see our dentist regularly. Our dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular visits allow our dentist to find early signs of disease. Problems can be treated at a manageable stage.
On average, seeing our dentist twice a year works well for many people. Some can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing our dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more. This high-risk group includes:
- Pregnant women
- People with current gum disease
- People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
- People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque
The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime. In times of stress or illness, you may need to see our dentist more often than usual. Our dentist can help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth.
If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and our dentist do not find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, he or she may choose to lengthen the time between visits. Ask us what the best schedule is for your routine dental visits.
What To Expect During a DENTAL VISIT
On your first visit, our dentist will take a full health history. On follow-up visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell our dentist. Here’s what you can expect during most trips to one of our dentist.
- A Thorough Ceaning – our dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
- A Full Dental Examination – our dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems.
- X-Rays – X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.