Current recommendations suggest that adults and children should see their dentists every six months for a dental exam and cleaning.
A regular visit with the family dentist is an essential weapon in the fight against very preventable conditions like tooth loss, gum disease,and oral cancer.
Dental screenings check for a wide variety of problems, many of which are important to a patient's overall health as well as their teeth and gums. In addition to a check for general oral health, the dentist screens for oral cancer, cavities, and early signs of gum disease.
Regular dental check-ups provide an opportunity for the dentist to catch cavities before they develop into bigger problems. Early intervention to stop minor tooth decay can prevent costly dental procedures and even loss of teeth down the road.
Gum disease, or gingivitis as it is called in the early stages, can be prevented through good dental hygiene and professional cleanings. In fact, some forms of decay like tartar buildup, can only be eliminated by dental cleaning. Gingivitis forms after plaque and other build up is allowed to remain (and decay) on the surface of the teeth and gums. While tobacco use and genetics contribute to the formation of gingivitis as well, regular dental treatment can help prevent the condition from developing into a bigger issue.
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