The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup. There is a certain logic to that if the checkups are thorough and effective at catching many issues before becoming larger problems. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. I will also inspect each tooth in your mouth to assess potential problems such as tooth decay or cracks. Our thorough dental check ups also include a review of past dental work. In some cases, old dental work can wear out–in which it may need to be replaced. We’re happy to replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives, but I think you need to understand your alternatives because in some cases, tooth colored restorations do not wear as well as metallic restorations.
By performing check ups every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled.
If you have not scheduled a checkup lately, be sure to call us now to make your appointment! Children as young as 12-18 months should begin visiting a dentist for regular check-ups.