Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit their dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. While coming in twice a year is highly recommended, some patients may need to visit more often if their oral health is at risk.

What does a regular dental check-up typically include?

  • Professional cleanings:Your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Most patients who have their teeth professionally cleaned will walk away with brighter smiles as well.
  • X-rays:Your dentist will use X-rays to check your teeth for decay, damage, and other problems. Your dentist can use X-rays to catch problems early when they’re easier to treat.
  • Evaluation:Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to check for problems. Your dentist can also spot signs of oral cancer and other serious conditions that aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye.

Benefits of regular dental checkups

  • Early detection of dental problems

The sooner your dentist can discover and diagnose a problem, the easier and more likely it is for the problem to be corrected. For example, if you have a small cavity, it can usually be repaired with a dental filling, but if you allow the cavity to grow, it may require a larger restoration like a dental crown.

  • Detection of oral cancer

When oral cancer is detected early, the prognosis for recovery is good. Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to spot any abnormalities in your gums, lips, and tongue. Early detection makes it easier to treat, and for oral cancer patients, it can mean the difference between life and death.

  • Restoration of damaged teeth

Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to identify cavities early. Cavities that are identified early can often be treated with minimally invasive restorations. Fillings, crowns, and dental bridges are all available in a minimally invasive version. Minimally invasive restorations preserve more of the natural tooth and require fewer injections than a traditional restoration.

  • Improved oral hygiene

Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and hygiene and recommend any treatments that may benefit you. Your dentist will also provide an oral hygiene prescription if necessary, including brushing and flossing instructions as well as recommendations for dental products.

Getting a checkup from your dentist is a great way to boost your confidence. Your smile is one of the first things someone will notice about you, and if you’re hiding it, you’re likely to feel insecure. A checkup will help your dentist identify any problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, and clear up those problems. As these problems are taken care of, you’ll feel better about your smile.

For more information or to make an appointment with Vose Family Dentistry, call (507) 387-2255 to set an appointment before visiting us at 220 E Main St, Mankato, MN 56001.

Vose Family Dentistry

220 E Main St., Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (507) 387-2255


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