Want to keep your teeth strong and healthy?
Make sure you have a dental check-up regularly.
The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least once every 6 months, but you may need to see them more often depending on your oral health.
Why See the Dentist?
The most important reason to see your dentist regularly is that it keeps your mouth healthy, and gives you the best chance at stopping expensive dental problems before they happen. It’s also a great time to let them know if you’ve been having any problems or want to ask about whitening, veneers, or other changes you’d like to make to your teeth.
Dental Check-Ups, Step by Step
- Health History: New patient? You’ll be asked to fill out a health history form so that your dentist will know how to approach any dental problems. Answer completely and honestly, and make sure to inform the office if there are any changes from your first visit. If you’re an adult, we’ll also record your blood pressure.
- Exam and X-Rays: X-Rays will help your dentist see and diagnose any diseases or problems that they can’t see with an exam alone. Your exam will give a clear clinical view of your teeth’s condition. Here’s what to expect:
- Check the face and neck for abnormalities
- Check your jaw joints for abnormalities
- Check your lips, cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, and roof of the mouth
- Perform an oral cancer screening – very important
- Check your teeth for all kinds of problems including cavities
- Check your gums for disease
- Check your bite for harmonious function
- Appraise your teeth alignment and esthetics
- Review your dental x-rays looking for any abnormalities or diseases that can not be seen clinically
- Treatment Plan: After hearing your concerns and reviewing the results from your exam and X-Ray, your dentist will create a personalized dental treatment plan, based on your schedule and finances.
- Cleaning: Finally, your teeth will be deep cleaned to remove plaque, stains, and tartar that may be built up on your teeth, and they’ll finish up by polishing and flossing them. This cleaning removes all of the germs and build up that can cause gum disease and bad breath.