Why Regular Dental Checkups Are Vital for Your Oral Health

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Preventive Dental Care: Your Shield Against Dental Issues

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

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What Happens During a Dental Exam?

What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

At Tartan Dental, we place a strong emphasis on your overall well-being, which includes regular oral cancer screenings. Here's what takes place during this important part of your dental checkup:


Our dental professionals will carefully examine your mouth, lips, tongue, gums, throat, and neck for any signs of oral cancer or abnormalities. This includes looking for unusual growths, sores that don't heal, or changes in the color or texture of your oral tissues.


In addition to the visual examination, our team may gently feel the tissues in your mouth and neck to check for any lumps, swelling, or other potential signs of concern.

Early Detection

By performing regular oral cancer screenings, we aim to detect any potential issues as early as possible. Early detection greatly increases the chances of successful treatment and recovery, highlighting the importance of regular checkups.

Why Do I Need Regular Dental Checkups?

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Prevention is Better than Cure

Maintaining a Healthy Smile

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Investing in Your Oral Health

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Patient Comfort

We understand that dental visits can be intimidating for some patients, which is why we go the extra mile to ensure your comfort throughout your treatment. Our team will explain each step of the process, listen to your concerns, and take measures to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Exceptional Experiences

Our dedication to delivering exceptional experiences sets us apart. From the moment you enter our practice to the completion of your treatment, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care, professionalism, and attention to detail. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and ensure your satisfaction with every visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have a dental checkup?

It is generally recommended to have a dental checkup every six months. However, the frequency may vary depending on your oral health needs. Your dentist will assess your individual situation and advise you on the appropriate interval for your checkups.

What happens during a dental checkup?

During a dental checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral issues. They may also perform X-rays or other imaging techniques to get a comprehensive view of your oral health. Additionally, a dental cleaning may be performed to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Are dental checkups painful?

Dental checkups are typically not painful. The dentist and dental hygienist will ensure your comfort throughout the process. If you have any specific concerns or anxiety about dental visits, don't hesitate to discuss them with your dental team. They can provide techniques or options to help you feel more at ease.

How long does a dental checkup take?

The duration of a dental checkup can vary depending on several factors, such as the extent of examination and cleaning required. On average, a checkup may last between 30 minutes to an hour. However, more complex cases or additional treatments may require longer appointments.

Do I need X-rays during a dental checkup?

X-rays or other imaging techniques are commonly used during dental checkups to detect any hidden issues, such as cavities between teeth or problems beneath the gumline. These diagnostic tools provide valuable insights that aid in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. However, the necessity of X-rays will be determined by your dentist based on your individual circumstances.

Can children have dental checkups?

Absolutely! Dental checkups are essential for children to maintain good oral health and detect any potential issues early on. It is recommended to bring your child for their first dental checkup within six months after their first tooth erupts or before their first birthday, whichever comes first.

What is the difference between a dental cleaning and a dental checkup?

A dental cleaning is a procedure performed by a dental hygienist, focusing on the removal of plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. On the other hand, a dental checkup involves a comprehensive examination of your oral health by a dentist, including assessing your teeth, gums, and overall oral condition.

Are dental checkups only for people with dental problems?

No, dental checkups are beneficial for everyone, regardless of whether they have dental problems or not. Regular checkups help maintain optimal oral health, prevent potential issues from escalating, and provide guidance on proper oral hygiene practices. Prevention is key to a healthy smile.

What if I haven't been to the dentist for a long time?

If you haven't been to the dentist for an extended period, it's never too late to schedule a checkup. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They are there to help you get back on track and restore your oral health.

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