Why You Need Routine Dental Checkups

Looking for information on why a dental checkup is necessary on a routine basis? The health of your mouth is important to the overall health of your body and the only way you can be sure that your oral health is in good shape is to see a dental professional on a routine basis.

When your mouth is healthy it is likely that your overall health is in good shape, too. According to the Mayo Clinic, a dental exam gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and detect any problems early, when they are most treatable.

What to expect during a routine dental checkup

The following is a list of what people can expect when going to a dentist to get their routine dental checkups performed.

A thorough mouth check

The mouth will be thoroughly checked for any signs of cavities, gum disease or oral disease, as well as any additional oral health problems that may be taking place. A dental professional will also check the patient's face and neck for any bite or jaw problems.


X-rays will be taken, which allows a dental professional to clearly identify problems like cavities, tooth decay, gum disease as well as impacted teeth.

Oral hygiene habits

During a routine dental checkup, a dental professional will ask the patient about their oral hygiene habits. If necessary, they will suggest any changes or improvements they need to make when providing themselves with the oral care they need for a healthy mouth.

Nutritional advice

A dental checkup is a great time for patients to ask for any nutritional advice that can help them experience better oral health.

Health problems advice

A dental professional will last their patients about any health problems they are currently experiencing, especially when medications are being taken, as one’s general health problems can have an effect on their oral health.

Dental impressions

A dental impression may be taken, which a dental professional will need when one of their patients is in need of a mouth guard or professional teeth whitening services.

Professional cleaning

A professional cleaning tends to be the last part of a dental checkup and also tends to be the favorite part of a routine checkup for most patients. A professional dental cleaning involves a dental professional removing any plaque or tartar buildup on the teeth, which allows the teeth to once again to feel clean and super smooth.

Is it time for your dental checkup?

Now that you understand the importance of a dental checkup, is it time for you to schedule one for yourself? While general guidelines state that everyone should make an appointment for a dental checkup twice a year, some people will need to be seen more often while others can be seen less often. The American Dental Association recommends that adults make regularly scheduled dental exams at intervals that are determined by their dentist, as this allows for personalized dental care.

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