The standard schedule for seeing dentists for check-ups used to be every six (6) months. Today, most dentists believe it should be “as often as necessary.” It’s difficult, certainly, to worry about seeing a dentist when there’s “nothing wrong,” but at the very least, no one can clean their own teeth perfectly, and the habit of going to the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings allows the dentist to keep track of developing problems. Even if you are certain you have no decay or gum condition, the dentist will probe your gums to make certain that periodontal disease, which can affect everyone, is not quietly developing. The dentist will also check your teeth with an explorer, or take x-rays, to find and treat potential cavities. If nothing is found, but the potential for decay or other problems exists, the dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment in the near future. Depending on the condition of your gums and teeth, they can decide how frequently you should be treated.
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