Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist!
Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing Dr. Mitchell twice a year is recommended because we can:
- Check for problems you might not see or feel, like oral cancer
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
- Keep bacteria from traveling to other parts of your body, such a your heart and lungs.
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, Dr. Mitchell checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue.
Oral cancer is a silent killer. Once a year it is recommended to have a more advanced oral cancer screening. The small additional fee may be covered by your insurance.
At each visit, he also checks old fillings and restorations, because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.