Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. The doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Your First Visit
Your first visit to the doctor typically includes an x-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay. The initial visit also involves getting your medical history.
When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform your dentist if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill.
Also be sure to tell your dentist the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. Inform your dentist of any changes in your health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears you may have about dental treatment.
The information collected on your first visit will help our dentists select the safest and most effective treatment method for you.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 20 to 40 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible.
Convenient Online Services
We know how busy you are. That’s why we’re committed to providing you leading-edge service. With our secure online service you will be able to:
- View your appointment and account information any time.
- Sign up for email or text appointment reminders.
- Check your payment history and see current charges.
- Print out flex spending reimbursement and tax receipts.
Call our office to set up an appointment today! We look forward to meeting you.