FAQs: What Happens In A Checkup?

Every few months, our Independence, MO patients need to see us for a routine exam. Many people put off these visits, assuming they are not vital for the health of their smiles. However, as we will discuss in today’s blog, routine checkups are essential for keep smiles healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Checkups

Question: Do I need one twice a year?

Answer: Yes! On average, we recommend a visit twice a year so we an examine your smile and clean your teeth. However, if a patient has high risk factors for gum disease, then we may suggest a visit every three to four months to monitor the disease’s progression and protect the smile from periodontitis.

Question: What problems will the dentist look for?

Answer: When we examine a smile, we look for signs of tooth decay, infection, gingivitis, and even gum disease. We also look at the teeth for signs of wear or friction that could indicate bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ disorder. These are common oral health issues that can often be identified in the earliest stages and treated before they lead to complications requiring more invasive treatment options. In order to provide a more accurate diagnosis, we will use advanced technology, such as digital x-rays, in the examination process.

Question: Will I receive an oral cancer screening?

Answer: Yes! We will also examine your smile for any abnormalities in the soft tissues that could indicate oral cancer. Having a screening at least once a year is very important. Part of the reason for oral cancer’s high mortality rate is that few people have regular screenings, so the disease isn’t discovered until the later stages. If you have any questions about our checkups, or the issues we look for, then contact our team today.

Ready for a Dental Exam?

We can perform a through checkup to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come. For more information, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.