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The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least once every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. Why every six months? Visiting the dentist regularly helps you regulate your oral health and keep serious oral issues away.

At every dental checkup, your dentist will perform two actions: evaluate your health and clean your teeth. Many oral maladies, like gum disease, can develop without showing symptoms, which is why it’s important that you visit a dental specialist at least twice a year to treat these issues before they become serious. Your dentist will also examine your head and neck for signs of problems in your jaw.

After the examination, your dentist cleans your teeth with special tools to remove any plaque or tartar along your teeth and gums. When the cleaning is complete, your dentist will be able to tell you about the health of your gums and how to improve your oral hygiene routine, if necessary. If the cleaning reveals any “problem areas,” your dentist may recommend future treatment to remove these issues.

Visiting the dentist tends to boost your desire to brush and floss your teeth daily. If you struggle to maintain good oral care habits, dental checkups are especially important because your teeth are at a higher risk of tooth decay.

If you’re in need of a dental checkup in Longview, Washington, feel free to contact Cascade Dental Care at 360-425-8140. Dr. Teigen and Dr. Kirkpatrick provide professional dental cleanings for our patients. Call today to schedule your appointment.