One of the best things you can do for your oral health is the preventive measure of consistently visiting your dentist for dental exams & cleanings. A common question that patients ask is “How often do I need to get a dental exam?” While the general answer is twice a year, if you have had a lot of dental work done previously, have a condition like gum disease, or are prone to cavities, you should consider increasing your dental exams and cleanings to three a year.
Another common question from patients is concerning the need for dental exams and cleanings. If someone brushes after every meal, flosses once a day and rinses with mouthwash, do they still need a cleaning? The answer is: yes! Even when you follow the strictest dental hygiene routine, you still need the help of a dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar that can’t be removed by simple brushing. A professional teeth cleaning is helpful to get all the hard to reach spots.
Dental exams also give your dentist an opportunity to follow the progression of your mouth in order to be able to recommend helpful preventive treatments. Instead of waiting till a problem with a tooth spreads to the roots, your dentist can take care of the small issues before they have the chance to become large and expensive.
In addition to checking the health of your teeth and gums, your dentist can also check for any early signs of oral cancer. Early detection of oral cancer increases survival rate, and dentists are leading the charge to screen all their patients.