Some people tend to have a rather strange attitude toward checkups: if the dentist doesn’t find anything wrong, they think their time’s been wasted. A series of successful visits can even discourage some patients from ever seeing their dentist and hygienist again! The idea that you should only see the dentist when something is wrong is not only ridiculous; it can end up costing you a lot of money, time, and discomfort.
During your checkup, expect a review of your dental and medical history, an examination of your mouth that includes oral cancer screening, a professional cleaning, possibly a fluoride treatment, and a general assessment of your home hygiene practices.
Your dentist is trained to detect and treat many problems before you’re even aware of them. The goal is to prevent disease, decay, and tooth loss and maintain good overall oral health. Your dentist can help you, but only if you make regular appointments. Your dentist and hygienist will work with you to determine how often you should visit, but most for most people, twice a year is sufficient.