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Dental checkups can be quite confusing and overwhelming for some people. If this is the case for you, our Mark L. DeWitt DDS team is more than happy to help you!

To teach you a little more about dental checkups so you’re more prepared and relaxed in the dental chair, we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Q: Why are regular dental visits important?

A: Regular dental visits are vital for your oral health because the treatment involved is the only way to completely remove the plaque and tartar from your smile. If these substances are not removed on a regular basis, they can begin to create gum disease and tooth decay.

Q: I’m not having any symptoms. Do I still need to see a dentist?

A: Yes, you still need to visit your dentist if you are not experiencing symptoms of dental issues. Your checkup is a preventative measure that helps you avoid major dental problems that can result in severe pain and intensive treatment.

Q: What can I expect during a dental checkup?

A: You can expect a deep dental cleaning (which will involve removing the plaque and tartar from the faces of your teeth and flossing every crack in your smile), an examination of your teeth and gums, and a fluoride treatment. Oftentimes, your dentist will provide an oral cancer screening to make sure you are not a victim of oral cancer.

Q: How often do I need a dental checkup?

A: It’s best to receive a dental cleaning and exam every six months, so please do not avoid or delay your appointments.

Q: How can I maintain a healthy smile after my checkup?

A: There are many things you can do to maintain a healthy smile. Those things are:

  1.       Brush twice a day for two minutes each time
  2.       Floss your smile at least once each day. You can do so with waxed dental floss
  3.       Rinse your mouth once a day with a beneficial mouthwash, like antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash

For more information and details about dental checkups in Lansing, Michigan, please call us today at 517-323-7926 and talk to our friendly dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Mark DeWitt, if you are due for a dental checkup. We are happy to help you have a successful oral health!