Just like regular visits to your doctor help keep your body healthy, regular dental checkups help keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and functioning properly. Dental care and oral hygiene have been linked to everything from cardiovascular health to mental health, so taking care of them is just as important to your wellbeing as exercise and diet.
Castle Dental knows dental checkups are crucial to your health. That’s why we make it convenient and affordable for you and your family to get the care you need. From multiple locations and a variety of payment, financing, and insurance options to a wide-ranging list of professional dental services, Castle Dental is committed to your oral health not just for today, but for tomorrow and every day after!
You should get a dental checkup every year at a minimum, with dental cleanings every six months. At Castle Dental, you can schedule to have both your checkup and your cleaning done in the same appointment, and we can see everyone in your family.
While biannual cleanings are sufficient for most people, others may need to visit the dentist more frequently. There are also several groups for whom regular checkups are especially important.
Preventative care is essential to maintaining good long-term dental health and good health overall. The mouth is often considered “the gateway” to the body. Not only do many broader health concerns such as cancer first manifest themselves as abnormalities in the mouth and throat, but many dental conditions–if left untreated–can develop into broader issues with overall health, like cardiovascular or heart disease and diabetes.
Regularly visiting Castle Dental for a checkup allows our team to have a better understanding of your overall dental needs so we can provide you with the best, most individualized care possible.
Regular dental checkups and oral exams help make sure small problems don’t become big problems, like:
Symptom: Swelling, red, or bleeding gums
Could be a sign of: Early stages of gingivitis and gum disease
If not treated, can lead to: Infection, tooth loss
Early detection can: Prevent progression of the disease with improvements to daily hygiene habits, including better brushing and flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash
Symptom: Pain, sensitivity, or white spots on the soft tissues of the mouth
Could be a sign of: Oral cancer. People who smoke or chew tobacco, drink heavily, who are older, and who have poor dental hygiene are at higher risk.
If not treated, can lead to: Wide-spread cancer in the lymphatic or skeletal system; could be fatal.
Early detection can: Allow for early treatment and potentially better outcomes.
Symptom: Tooth sensitivity or discoloration, bad breath, or spots of tooth decay or enamel erosion
Could be a sign of: Chipped, cracked, or loosened teeth; damaged restorations; infected dental pulp; damage to tooth roots.
If not treated, can lead to: Further enamel erosion and decay, painful and dangerous infection, tooth damage or loss
Early detection can: Help restore integrity and functionality of the teeth with fillings, caps, or crowns and protect them from future damage.
While dental checkups can technically be performed separate from a cleaning, most dentists will schedule you to receive both an exam and a cleaning at the same time. Clean teeth are easier to examine, making potential problems more noticeable. Additionally, getting both done in the same appointment saves you time and money.
Once everything is complete, the dentist will discuss any areas of concern, schedule any necessary treatment, and ask if you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary, like tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, or other discomfort. This is also a good time to let your dentist know if you have any questions about your dental or oral health or have any concerns about anything.
Still have questions about what happens during your dental checkup? Visit our What to Expect page for more information!
Compared to the types of restorative procedures required to repair or replace damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, dental checkups are among the most affordable ways to help protect and preserve your oral health. While the actual cost can vary by individual offices, most or all of it is usually covered by standard dental insurance plans. If you don’t have insurance, dental offices like Castle Dental typically offer lower service costs, discounts or specials, in addition to accepting CareCredit.
At Castle Dental, new patients can receive an exam and digital x-rays for $59, while our OneSmile Dental Plan provides members with free exams and x-rays and money-saving discounts on all dental services for one low yearly rate.
Annual checkups and biannual cleanings are great times to check in with your dental health and check in with the team of friendly professionals at Castle Dental. Taking care of your teeth for a lifetime is a big job, and Castle Dental is here with all the comprehensive dental services you need to do it with ease, convenience, and affordability. It doesn’t matter when your last checkup was or if you’ve ever even had one, now is the perfect time to find the Castle Dental location nearest you and schedule an appointment! Your smile will thank you!