Just as we take preventative measures with our homes or cars such as sprinkler winterization or regular oil changes, so we should also take preventative measures with our oral health. Oil changes protect your care from major damage to the engine. Regular dental cleanings and check ups protect your mouth from disease and tooth decay. Your dentist can detect any issues or concerns at a much earlier stage, ensuring that you receive the least invasive treatment. The question is how often should you visit your Mankato dentist?
Regular Cleanings and Check Ups
For most patients, it’s recommended that you visit your dentist every six months, or twice per year. This allows your hygienist to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) build up, and allows your dentist to screen you regularly for issues such as oral cancer, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. At first there is often very little pain and few symptoms associated with these conditions. You have a much better chance at successfully treating them if they are detected in their earliest stages.
Periodontal Cleanings and Check Ups
For those patients who are managing periodontal, or gum disease, more frequent cleanings may be necessary. Though there is not a cure for periodontal (gum) disease, it can often times be successfully managed with more frequent dental visits and improved home care. Your dentist will determine what’s best for your needs, but often three to four cleanings per year are necessary to keep periodontal disease under control.
Dr. James Kalina is your premiere dentist in Mankato and he offers exceptional patient care in a warm and friendly environment. With many hours of advanced training and years of experience, Dr. Kalina offers a wide range of services to meet all of your dental needs whether you’re looking to schedule your next preventative appointment, or you’d like to make changes or enhancements to your smile.
Your comfort is our top priority, and we know you’ll appreciate the level of care that we offer! Contact our office today to learn more about the services we have to offer and to schedule your next appointment.