How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

By Colonial Dental Group
May 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental exam   oral hygiene  

Dental CleaningHave you ever wondered how often you really need to see the dentist? Dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis Jr. of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, explain when you should make appointments.

Add twice-yearly visits to your calendar

Visiting our Glenview office every six months offers several important benefits, including:

  • Cavity Detection: No matter how diligently you brush and floss, cavities may still occur. When you visit the dentist every six months, cavities will be detected and treated while they're small. If you skip a few visits, your cavities may grow, resulting in the need for more extensive dental procedures. Because cavities don't hurt until they're fairly large, you may not even realize that you have a small cavity if you don't make regular visits a priority.
  • Cleaning: Your six-month checkups will include a thorough dental cleaning. Cleaning removes plaque from hard-to-reach places and also gets rid of tartar. Because tartar is very hard, it's impossible to remove it at home. Unfortunately, if it remains on your teeth too long, you may be likely to develop gum disease.
  • Diagnosis of Problems That Can Affect Oral and General Health: In addition to checking your teeth for cavities, we'll also look for other signs of problems that may affect your teeth or your health. We'll check for cracks in teeth, examine your X-rays for dying nerves and other issues that aren't visible just by looking at your teeth and look for lumps, sores and other symptoms that can indicate oral cancer.

Call us anytime you have pain or other concerns

Although twice-yearly checkups are crucial, it's also important to call us if you experience any issues between visits. Tooth or gum pain, bleeding gums, loose crowns or bridges and other issues warrant a call to our office. Call us immediately if you experience a dental emergency, which includes loose or knocked out teeth after a blow to the face, mouth or facial lacerations, a broken tooth or dental abscess symptoms.

Is it time to schedule your appointment with Colonial Dental Group? Call Glenview, IL, dentists Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis at (847) 729-2233 to arrange your visit.