Regular visits to the dentist play an important role in preventing the loss of or damage to your teeth as well as other oral problems. Patients of all ages should visit the dentist at least twice a year to have a dental exam and professional cleaning.
What to expect at a dental checkup
Your dentist will do the following during a dental check-up:
- Take an X-ray of your mouth in order to check various issues in your mouth
- Check your gums for signs of gum recession
- Take note of any signs of cavities and tooth damage
- Check for signs of oral cancer
In most cases, the dentist starts with cleaning before the oral checkup. A professional dental cleaning will help manage issues such as plaque, teeth staining, and a buildup of calcium deposits on your teeth that may not be removed by regular cleaning and flossing.