Why Routine Dental Visits Are So Important

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist for a routine check-up twice a year, or every six months. If we only need to go a minimum of twice a year, why do so many of us dread the trip? We at Harlem Dental Associates understand the anxieties many patients face when coming to an appointment.

It can be frightening or intimidated sitting in a dentist’s chair, even for short and quick visits. Keeping up with regular visits, however, is a crucial part of maintaining good health for your teeth and gums. Our staff will ensure you feel relaxed, comfortable, and stress-free the whole way through!

What Does Routine Dental Check-Up Involve?

Your exam may begin with an X-ray of all four quadrants. Utilizing our advanced x-rays allows us to view any underlying issues that may cause harmful risk to the surface.

Next, we may check for any possible signs of conditions including:

  • Malnutrition
  • Diabetes
  • Oral cancer 

We love to take the time to examine your bite and jaw, note any current issues, or determine a course of action for an issue that may arise in the future.

Your dentist may perform any of the following during the procedure:

  • Look for signs of common oral infections and diseases, especially gum disease
  • Check for broken, loose, or tooth decay
  • Fully examine bite and jaw alignment
  • Check for damaged fillings
  • Check the tissues of your mouth

At-Home Preventative Care

After your exam, the next most important step is teeth cleaning. A thorough cleaning involves completely removing and eliminating harfmful plaque build-up, most often occurring near the gum line. When plaque has hardened, it becomes tartar, which is difficult to remove by brushing and flossing along.

Contact Our Trusted Experts Today!

Our team at Harlem Dental Associates know you may be feeling anxious about your check-ups, but you should know that there is nothing to fear with our friendly and compassionate staff. Your check-ups can save you from having to endure costly procedures later on. When you step into our office, we hope that you will be pleased with the comfortable and relaxing environment we have created, in combination with our caring dental services.

To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling (844) 976-3600.