For many of our patients, their biannual dental exam and cleaning are the only times we see them. Why? Because consistently visiting us twice a year is often enough to prevent larger issues from occurring. Instead of waiting until a cavity becomes an issue to address it, simply getting a small filling during your exam and checkup can help to prevent further issues such as a root canal infection from causing more damage.
During a dental examination, your dentist will thoroughly inspect your mouth and may even take digital x-rays to see what is going on under the surface. These x-rays are crucial in finding small cavities under the surface or if there are unseen issues under the gum line. With consistent visits, your dentist is able to keep track of any changes that are occurring in the mouth which can help them to predict issues that may arise down the road. For example, slowly receding gum lines, small signs of teeth grinding, and changes in the color of a tooth can all help your dentist prepare a treatment plan to halt these issues.
Many patients are also a huge fan of getting their biannual cleaning. Even those with the best and most consistent oral hygiene routine can still greatly benefit from a professional cleaning. The tools we use at home are not able to completely remove plaque and tartar that can build up. An in-office dental cleaning treatment leaves the mouth feeling squeaky clean and amazing!
Your biannual exam is also a great time for your dentist to conduct a thorough oral cancer screening to identify any suspicious areas that need a second opinion. Dentists across the country have helped save thousands of lives through early detection of oral cancer.