The dentist will ask about your recent medical history, examine your mouth and decide whether or not you need x-rays. Depending on your treatment plan, the dentist may use a special dental instruments to check your gums for gum disease.
How often should I see the dentist?
It is recommended for most people to visit the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. However, depending on your oral health condition, some may need more visits in a year.
Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. When you see your dentist regularly, they have a better chance at catching oral problems early. For instance, catching gum disease when it’s still reversible, or cavities when they are small and are more easily treated.
What should I do in-between visits?
Establish healthy oral care habits! Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily are essential for everyone. It’s the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD