FAQs: Why Do We Need Checkups?

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When was the last time you visited our office for a routine checkup? Unfortunately, due to hectic schedules, many people skip regular checkups and only visit the dentist after developing a toothache or other dental health issue. The fact is, preventive measures, such as checkups, can help you avoid and successfully combat serious dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

Common Questions About Dental Checkups

Question: How often do I need a checkup?

Answer: The American Dental Association recommends a regular checkup at least once every six months. We agree that two checkups a year is a great way to manage your dental health and help prevent the progression of serious dental health problems.

Question: Do checkups include oral cancer screenings?

Answer: Yes. For adults, we can perform an oral cancer screening using VELscope technology, which employs an advanced handheld device to highlight potentially cancerous or precancerous areas in the mouth. We can then recommend a biopsy if necessary.

Question: What happens if you find signs of tooth decay or gum disease?

Answer: After assessing the cause and extent of your cavities or gum issues, we will create a personalized treatment plan. From there, we will discuss your options for correcting the issue, which may include dental fillings or a deep cleaning with scaling and root planing.

Question: Do children need regular checkups?

Answer: Yes. Like adults, children benefit from regular checkups too. The first exam should occur shortly after the first baby tooth erupts. Starting at around age three, your child should have routine dental exams once every six months. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dental care, please contact our office today.

About Your Los Angeles Dentists

At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.