Preventing oral disease is better than waiting until you have a serious problem.

The frequency of routine dental visits should be based on individual need – some people will need to see the dentist more often than others, at least once every 12 months.

The once or twice a year appointment with the dental hygienist usually consists of:

  • Control for tooth decay
  • Cleaning Instructions and Information
  • Nutritional counseling
  • X-Rays
  • Oral cancer examination and screening, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • Bleaching
  • Fissure sealants
  • Scaling and Polishing
  • Deep scaling and root planning

More frequent visits may be necessary for persons at increased risk for oral diseases due to age, pregnancy, tobacco and alcohol use, periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, and health conditions.

Your dentist or dental hygienist can help you determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned.