How Often Should You Visit the Dentist and Why?

Dental Tips, Oral Health

There are many people that have a fear of the dentist and avoid entering through our Phoenix, AZ doors at all costs. Most often, these folks force themselves to come in when they are in severe pain from a tooth-related issue. While we will gladly see you and take quick care of your needs, there is no reason for you to have to wait until you’re this desperate.

Why You Should Visit the Dentist Regularly

The fact is, most tooth emergencies can be prevented with regular dental exams and cleanings. How is this so?

Dental abscesses and tooth decay aren’t something that appears with the snap of your fingers. These ailments start out very small and continue to progress until they’re treated.

Visiting the dentist regularly will help keep your teeth clean, which is the #1 way to prevent dental issues. If during your exam, our Phoenix dentist spots areas that require attention, then it’s in your best interest to get these issues taken care of right away.

When Is the Right Time To Treat Dental Problems?

Taking care of your dental problems quickly will allow us to treat you with the cheapest, and least invasive treatment possible.

If ignored, dental issues will not get better on their own. In fact, they only get worse and lead to a dental emergency. Emergencies are what most people’s dental fears are made of, because treating them is usually more invasive, takes longer, and can be painful.

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How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

Typically, visiting the dentist every six months is enough to ensure that your mouth stays healthy throughout the year. Some patients don’t have the best at-home care, are in braces, or develop tooth decay very easily. Our Phoenix, AZ dentist may suggest that these people come more often, such as every 3 – 4 months.

What Takes Place During Your Dental Exam?

During your dental exam, our dental hygienist will periodically take x-rays of your mouth that we use for diagnostic purposes. They will also perform a screening for gum disease and if you’re all clear, they’ll continue on to clean your teeth.

Dr. Babak Behbahani will come by and review all of the images and perform an oral exam. When we complete your check-up, we thoroughly look over your teeth for dental abscesses, decay, wear, chips, and breaks. We also check your jaw for signs of joint problems. We look at the soft and hard tissues of your mouth for suspicious lesions that could be oral cancer. Dr. Behbahani will even examine your bite and the positioning of your teeth, in case you need braces. If it’s determined that you do have gum disease, our dentist and hygienist will talk with you and develop a treatment plan to help get your condition under control.

As you can see, we do everything we can to ensure that you get the care that you need. All you have to do is show up! If you’re afraid of the dentist, we’re here to change that. Call Central Valley Dentistry today to schedule an appointment or book online!

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