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How Often Should I Come In For A Dental Check-up?

How often should I come in for a dental check-up? Believe it or not, that’s not an uncommon question. We hear this question from individuals and parents on a regular basis. In the dental industry, most professionals agree the answer is usually every six months for routine check-ups. And the reasons for this are numerous.

Regular dental check-ups are a great benefit to every member of your family and should be planned for every six months. Regular visits to your dentist are part of a beneficial oral healthcare routine that keeps your teeth, gums, and other surrounding tissues in good health. It also keeps your smile looking bright and beautiful. During a typical dental visit, you can expect a cleaning and an examination of your teeth and the surrounding tissues (gums, tongue, mouth, etc.). Also during your routine dental visit, your dentist may ask you about your general health and give you a few tips about brushing and flossing. The entire experience should last only an hour or so.

When you think about it, a dental check-up really isn’t a big deal. It may take an hour or so out of your day – twice a year. Sure, you may have to take your kids out of school for part of a day so they can get their cleanings and screenings. It’s a process that usually requires only a couple of hours – every 6 months. That’s not too bad, given the fact that the average American spends approximately 45 minutes waiting in line every day for other reasons.

Most folks know that a bi-annual trip to the dentist is part of a good oral care plan. But, you may be surprised to hear that your dental health is an important part of your overall body health.

Did you know? There are a number of recent studies that have shown a correlation between gum disease and a number of other serious medical conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and kidney disease. And although the studies regarding these seemingly unrelated conditions are still being scrutinized by medical and dental researchers, there is enough conclusive evidence to suggest that brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and screenings have an even greater benefit to “whole body health” than previously understood.

Another thing to keep in mind, when it comes to the frequency of dental check-ups, is that you should always feel encouraged to call for an appointment if you suspect that there may be a problem with your teeth or overall oral health. Much like making an appointment with your primary physician when you feel ill, call the dentist when you’re having a problem with your teeth. There’s no good reason to put off a check-up or evaluation until your next scheduled appointment.

If you would like to make an appointment at Watts Family Dental for a dental cleaning or an oral screening, please call (913) 338-3384 or visit our Overland Park, KS office. You may also send an e-mail direct to at any time. Because we’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family, our patients come to us from Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, and Olathe, Kansas. We’d love to see your family too!

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