Visiting your dentist for routine dental checkups and cleanings, every six months, is important for several reasons, including reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. You shouldn’t see your dentist just when you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Prevention is key to your oral health. Your dentist can identify potential problems during your routine visits, such as the onset of gum disease, dental decay, and oral cancer.
We want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, so during your visit, a physical exam is done of your entire mouth. All facets of your dental health are examined, including your teeth, gums, and roots. X-rays are taken. Plaque and tartar buildup are removed around the gum line as well as in between your teeth. If you have a lot of tartar buildup, this is a sign that you will need to brush and floss more often.
After the physical exam is done, and plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, your teeth will be professionally cleaned and flossed.
Routine exams are not just for adults. Children need them, too. Your child should see the dentist for the first time within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, and then return to the dentist every six months, starting at the age of three. Children will go through a thorough oral exam and cleaning, just like adults.
Routine dental checkups and cleanings are an important part of good overall health. To schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member, please call our office at 817.251.9333. We proudly serve patients in the Southlake, TX, and surrounding areas.