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How Often Should My Family See the Dentist?

That old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away could be considered sound advice for every person of almost every age. A healthy diet, along with good oral health habits (brushing, flossing, and seeing your family dentist regularly), is a prescription for a healthy, lasting smile.

Most dentists believe that getting two oral examinations and cleanings a year can help improve oral health outcomes. That’s why Dr. Watts, your friendly Overland Park Family Dentist, recommends that everyone aged 3 to 103 receive two checkups a year. Seeing the dentist is not just about having a beautiful smile. Oral health exams also play a large role in identifying and preventing potential problems that can interfere with how healthy that smile remains as you age.

Back during the turn of the century there was little treatment protocol or preventative measures in place for maintaining dental health. Most practitioners did not see patients unless there was a serious problem to diagnose and treat. Years of developing oral exams and looking at dentistry as a preventative measure has helped millions of patients protect their smiles over the ages. Many dental problems like decay and gum disease develop over time, and if left untreated can cause major repercussions. In the average bi-annual exam, the dentist will take X-rays, look for signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, gum recession, and screen for oral cancer. Your teeth will also be cleaned and polished. A future treatment plan will be recommended. If your teeth and gums are generally healthy, Dr. Watts will more than likely keep you on a twice-a-year visit plan. If there are complications from smoking, diabetes, auto-immune syndromes, or stress to the mouth, a more detailed treatment plan may be recommended.

By maintaining a preventative dental health schedule, you are helping to ensure that you and the ones you love are taking good care of your overall oral health. Preventing tooth and gum disease is relatively easy, as long as you are brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist twice a year to examine and monitor your condition.

When you make a commitment to partner with your Overland Park Family Dentist, you can rest assured that your oral health is in good hands. We see each patients needs as individual needs and know when you make a commitment to two check-ups years, we are matching that commitment to follow your oral health and outline the care you need to maintain a healthy smile. So don’t skip out on those visits to the dentist, because you never know when a treatable condition could be lurking, a nagging pain can be addressed, or a good cleaning is just what the doctor ordered. Check-ups keep everyone’s needs in check and that’s hat makes oral health so good these days.

This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental, your friendly Overland Park Family Dentist. We’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family. Please call (913) 338-3384 or visit our Overland Park, Kansas office. You may also send an email direct to at any time.

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