Making time to visit the dentist can be difficult and even more challenging since the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, this is not a new trend. According to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of adults under 65 haven’t had a dental exam or cleaning in the past 12 months. Many people believe that vising the dentist is only necessary if you have a toothache or other painful issue. However, regular dental exams and cleanings are essential to maintain optimal oral health.
How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?
For most people, visiting the dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam is ideal. Still, only your dentist can recommend the best visitation schedule for your dental health. Some patients, such as those with gum disease, a history of cavities, or a weakened immune system, may benefit from additional check-ups. In these cases, changes can occur in the mouth rather quickly and may cause dangerous infections. Keeping up with your visits allows your dentist to monitor any existing conditions and prevent other issues from developing.
Why Dental Check-Ups are Important
Dental check-ups aren’t just for cleaning your teeth and filling cavities. Prevention is an essential part of dentistry that patients often overlook. Some dental problems appear gradually and may be difficult to spot on your own. In addition, catching oral health issues early on can make them more manageable and easier for your dentist to treat.
During a dental check-up, you can expect your dentist or hygienist to:
- Evaluate your overall oral health and hygiene routine
- Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or replacement
- Evaluate your risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Check your bite and jaw
- Demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Possibly take x-rays, or do other diagnostic procedures
In addition to a standard exam, we recommend that all new patients or patients who haven’t visited the dentist in several years have a comprehensive dental exam to better understand their overall dental health. During a comprehensive exam, your dentist will not only check your teeth and gums but also examine your entire mouth, head, and neck area for any abnormalities.
How We Can Help
At GVR Dental & Orthodontics, we are committed to providing next-level dental care and the education you need to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. If you’re overdue for a dental exam, contact us today to schedule an appointment.