How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth professionally examined and cleaned at least twice a year (once every six months). This is the bare minimum that we should see you in our Farmington Hills, Michigan dental office, and, depending on your dental and overall needs, we may recommend that you come in for appointments more often to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.

Why are bi-annual dental appointments so important?

At your regular dental appointments, Dr. Aziza Askari, a Detroit area general and cosmetic dentist, will review your medical history, take diagnostic x-rays, screen for oral cancer and gum disease, check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, examine existing dental work and restorations, remove plaque and tartar, polish your teeth, and make recommendations for how you can improve the health of your smile.

All of these are necessary to keep your smile healthy now and down the road. Also, by having regular dental appointments bi-annually, you’re giving Dr. Askari the opportunity to detect any problems early. With gum disease, oral cancer, and several other oral conditions, early detection is key to being able to treat the problem conservatively and effectively.

If you sense that something has changed in your mouth, or on you teeth, gums, or tongue, don’t be afraid to come in sooner than six months after your last appointment. Pay attention to what’s going on inside your mouth so you know when something has changed. Often, physical changes, such as a lump in your cheek, bad breath, bleeding gums, etc. are signs of infections or other oral health problems. If you don’t come in for an appointment as soon as possible, Dr. Askari may need to employ more invasive, serious dental procedures to restore your mouth to optimal health and appearance.

If you’re due for an appointment or think that something may be wrong, call Comfort Dental Spa at (248) 474-6434 to reserve your appointment.