Individuals with healthy teeth and gums will generally only need to see their dentist every six months for a prophylaxis (preventative care) appointment. These visits generally consist of:
• Appropriate X-rays
• Oral cancer screening
• Periodontal evaluation
• Orthodontic assessment
…as well as a consultation to answer any current questions or concerns that you may have about your teeth. Should any type of treatment be needed, you’ll schedule the procedure at that time.
Unless you tend to develop heavy stain and tartar between appointments, a biannual cleaning is typically appropriate. Some patients prefer to be seen as frequently as three or four times a year to have superficial stain and deposits cleaned away for aesthetic purposes, even if it’s not covered by their insurance policy.