Why do I have to have an exam if I just want my teeth cleaned?
If you want to maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association suggests preventive visits twice a year that include an exam and professional dental cleaning.
For most people, this interval is enough for us to stay a step ahead of problems and provide treatment when necessary. However, everyone is unique, and the dentists at our Kansas City MO dental office may determine that more frequent visits are more appropriate in your case.
During your routine dental exams, our dentists check the condition of your teeth and note any changes since your last visit. Identifying and addressing problems like decay and gum disease as soon as possible allows us to provide conservative treatment in many cases. If you skip these preventive dental exams, the condition will worsen, and when you do seek treatment, our options may be limited to a root canal or extraction.
At Westport Plaza Dental Associates we believe we must treat patients to the best of our ability through transparency, and we complete exams every six months unless otherwise indicated and are part of our standard care practice. If you have questions about the frequency of dental exams or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our Kansas City, MO dental office to get started.