How often should I visit the dentist?
The general rule of thumb for dental visits is twice a year for both cleanings and exams.
Dental exams allow us to monitor the state of your oral health, which in turn helps us resolve small problems before they become big problems. Routine cleanings keep your teeth healthy and are your best defense against problems like gum disease.
What to Expect at a Dental Exam
Periodic exams – Having your routine exam twice yearly allows Dr. Joo to identify any potential conditions early so that we can treat them right away. In most cases, when we catch a condition in its early stages, it is both less invasive and less costly to treat.
Professional dental cleanings – Even if you brush and floss, you still need a professional dental cleaning at least twice yearly to remove tartar and bacteria that build up between your teeth and beneath your gum line. The dental cleanings we offer vary based on your health. For instance, if you develop advanced periodontal disease, we will often recommend a deep cleaning to eliminate the infection.
Panoramic x-rays – We use panoramic x-rays to diagnose and treat such problems as dental infection, decay, and bone loss. Panoramic x-rays can even help us identify cysts and tumors that might have otherwise gone undiagnosed.
Whatever the current state of your oral health, our goal is for you to enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. If you’re due for an exam and cleaning, please give us a call.