Dental check-ups, also called periodic examinations, are an important preventative routine. Consistent examinations provide for early detection of cavities, infection, gum disease and jaw problems. These exams are commonly done at the time of your regular dental cleanings, which is commonly twice per year.
A visual examination involves checking your teeth, gum tissue and overall oral health. These exams are helpful in preventing costly future dental treatment. Periodic examinations may include x-rays, which are commonly taken once per year.