When Should I Schedule A General Checkup?

September 23, 2020

A checkup is a chance for our general dentists to take a close look at your smile, diagnosing issues that could cause trouble for your smile unless treated. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists will explain why everyone, from kids to adults, benefits from a checkup, and what happens during your preventive dental visits.

See Us Every Six Months

We want to see you and your family at least once every six months for a routine dental exam. A checkup enables our team to carefully look at your teeth, gums, and oral structures for potential signs of trouble, such as tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). The earlier we diagnose the presence of an oral health issue, the sooner we address it, which means you can avoid serious complications or the need for extensive treatments down the road. For example, catching a cavity early means placing a single visit filling, instead of a full crown or root canal later.

Don’t Ignore Toothaches

If in between your six-month appointments you notice your teeth begin to feel sensitive or ache, or your gums feel sore or bleed easily, be sure to let us know. These are common warning signs of issues like tooth decay and gum disease, which require attention to avoid worsening discomfort, or even tooth loss in more severe cases. To help protect your smile in between your general visits, we suggest making time each day to brush your teeth twice for two minutes, and to floss once before bed.

Screenings and Advanced Technology

As part of your general visit, our team will also administer an oral cancer screening. A screening is a chance to diagnose potential warning signs of oral cancer, increasing your chances of a full recovery. To ensure an accurate screening, and a checkup with precision, we may employ digital technology. For example, we may use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to obtain a clear and detailed image of your smile. If you have any questions about our dental checkup visits, or if you would like to schedule one for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today. We want to help you and your family enjoy your best possible smile!

Ready for Your Next Dental Exam?

Our general dentists are ready to help you start your journey to a healthier and brighter smile, a journey that starts with an exam! For more information on preventive and general dental visits, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.