Palm Family Dentistry

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

November 16, 2021
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Posted By: Palm Family Dentistry

It’s essential to visit your Prairieville, LA dentist regularly for dental exams and professional teeth cleanings. Typically, regular dental visits mean coming in every six months.

These exams have been shown to uncover emerging issues sooner, saving you time and money on future dental care costs. In addition, teeth cleanings lower your risks for the most preventable conditions, including cavities, periodontal disease, and oral infections.

Why Every Six Months?

Again, this schedule has been shown to catch emerging issues early and help prevent specific oral health conditions, but this is also the schedule that most insurance companies follow—allowing benefits for two preventive dental appointments.

Of course, oral health conditions like gingivitis and gum disease require a more diligent schedule. And dental emergencies and maintenance can mean additional visits to the dentist outside of this schedule.

What Happens During My Preventive Dental Appointment in Baton Rouge, LA?

Your dentist provides a visual exam for any obvious oral health issues at your dental visit, including surface cavities, gum recession, and swelling. We also take periodic x-rays to look at underlying conditions that may be present, including cavities between teeth and the source of undiagnosed pain. At this appointment, you can also expect an oral cancer screening.  

Following your exam, your dentist talks to you about all findings and makes recommendations for treatment if necessary.

Your professional teeth cleaning finds our hygienist clearing the ingredients from your teeth and gums that lead to cavities and gum disease—stubborn bacteria and tartar that your toothbrush cannot eliminate alone.

Your dentist and hygienist are also there to answer your questions and provide helpful advice for at-home care.

Contact Your Dentist in Baton Rouge or Prairieville Today

We offer two convenient locations to help patients get the care they need conveniently: Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA.

If it’s time for your six-month checkup and teeth cleaning, give us a call today.

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