Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and we recommend you come back every six months? It is because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. In between those six-month examinations, it is important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, we may even suggest more frequent visits.

health gums and teeth
Here are what healthy teeth and gums look like after a dental cleaning. 

tartar and plaque buildup
Plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages, and tobacco can stain teeth as well.
irritated gum tissue due to tartar
If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth (form tartar) and irritate the gum tissue.

Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointments we will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary), examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if  we dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva, and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). We will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.

The Regular Dental Visit

During your regularly-scheduled dental appointments we will likely look at your gums, mouth, tongue, and throat.

  • Examine your face
  • Examine your neck
  • Check your lymph nodes
  • Check your lower jaw joints (TMJs)


  • Examine the gums
  • Look for signs of gum disease
  • Check for loose teeth
  • Look at the tissues inside of your mouth
  • Examine your tongue
  • Check your bite
  • Look for visual evidence of tooth decay
  • Check for broken teeth
  • Check for damaged fillings
  • Look for changes in the gums covering teeth
  • Evaluate any dental appliance you have
  • Check the contact between your teeth
  • Take x-rays



  • Check the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
  • Remove any plaque and tartar
  • Polish your teeth
  • Floss between your teeth
  • Review recommended brushing and flossing techniques

Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, we will tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and make any additional recommendations. By seeing us on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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