Don't brush off regular checkups with the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We strongly encourage regular checkups at least every six months (or once every three to four months if periodontal disease has been diagnosed). Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Perform an oral cancer screening for early detection and treatment
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from
chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them
to wear away, chip, or crack.