How Often Do You Need a Dental Checkup? 

Jan 9 2022

Going to the dentist regularly is just as important as seeing your family doctor for a yearly preventative care checkup. While most doctors recommend getting a physical once per year, most dentists recommend scheduling an appointment for a checkup twice per year. Here’s what you should know about a dental checkup, what to expect, and why you should attend regularly—

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

During a dental checkup, your dentist will do a quick inspection of your teeth with the naked eye, may take x-rays if necessary or if the patient hasn’t had x-rays in an excessive amount of time, and will examine the patient’s gum, soft palate, neck, and throat to check for any abnormalities. Once this basic screening is complete, a dental cleaning will ensue. During a dental cleaning, the dentist or a dental hygienist will use various dental tools to remove plaque and tartar, polish teeth, and apply fluoride. The dentist will also talk to you about your oral health habits and make recommendations for future care or treatment if necessary. 

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Most dentists agree that seeing a dentist once every six months is the best way to ensure good oral health and catch problems before they become more serious. However, you should plan to see your dentist at least once a year. Tartar and plaque can quickly build up, leading to cavities and other complications. 

What Are Dental Checkups So Important?

Oral health and other elements of your physical health are closely intertwined. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that links gum disease to other severe chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By taking care of your teeth and your oral health, you can stave off cavities, bad breath, gum disease, and high costs and discomfort associated with dental care, while also improving your overall health. 

Schedule Your Dental Exam Today

At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we are passionate about providing quality dental care for our patients. We are happy to answer all of your questions about our services, including what to expect during a dental exam. To learn more about our team and how to schedule an appointment with us, please reach out to us at your convenience online or by phone. Take the first step towards improving your oral health by scheduling a dental checkup today! 



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