When Was Your Last Dental Checkup?
Because it doesn’t occur as often as brushing and flossing your teeth should, and because you can’t perform one at home, many people don’t attend their dental checkups as often as effective they should. Some may never attend one at all, mistakenly believing that their toothbrush and floss are enough. The truth, though, is that regular checkups are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free, or at least detecting and treating issues early enough to prevent extensive damage. If you skip one, you might miss something important, and allow tooth decay and gum disease (or worse) to take hold and wreak havoc with your oral health.
During Your Visit
The first part of your dental examination is a visual inspection, during which Dr. Sayyah will check for warning signs and symptoms. Such signs can include spots and discolorations on your teeth; the color, texture, and integrity of your gum tissue; and bumps, swellings, ulcers, lesions, or other abnormalities on your tongue, cheeks, palate, and soft oral tissues, which can sometimes indicate an early presence of oral cancer. As part of your checkup, an oral cancer screening will help detect the presence of cancer early, improving your chances of successful treatment, if necessary.
Advanced imaging technology
For a clearer image, we may also use advanced imaging technology, such as digital X-rays and an intraoral camera, to view the inner workings of your oral cavity. Weak tooth enamel, issues behind your teeth, and other hard-to-see issues can be caught using imaging technology and the experienced eye of your family dentist. The digital images are produced instantly, and you can view them alongside Dr. Sayyah and ask questions as she explains the state of your dental health.
How Often Should You Attend?
The general rule of thumb is that you should attend a dental checkup at least once every six months. For patients who experience dental issues and need additional care, we may recommend waiting no more than 3-4 months between visits so we can successfully manage any existing conditions.