The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages, from children to seniors, have their teeth examined once every six months. As dental professionals, we agree. We urge our patients to see our team twice a year for a routine exam. Why do we need checkups? What makes receiving them so important?
Reasons to Have a Dental Checkup
- Identify Problems Before They Progress: During a checkup, the doctor will examine your teeth, including the portions below the gum line, using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. He will then be able to obtain a detailed view of your teeth, gums, and jaw, identifying potential problems, such as tooth decay, and treating them before they progress and require more intensive treatment options.
- Receive an Oral Cancer Screening: Over 45,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Identifying the disease in the early stages increases the chances of a full recovery. We offer screenings as part of our routine checkups for adults.
- Look for Signs of Gum Trouble: When your gums become inflamed, also known as gingivitis, treatment is crucial to reverse the problem and prevent the onset of gum disease, which is incurable. During an exam, the doctor can look for potential warning signs of inflammation, offering a deep cleaning or other solutions to protect your smile.
- Receive a Cleaning: During the same visit the doctor or our hygienist will clean your teeth, removing plaque buildup that can threaten your smile. The treatment also leaves your teeth looking brighter and your breath fresher. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a checkup (and cleaning) then please contact our office today.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online to visit Dr. Brent Engelberg, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.