Bend Dental Checkups
At Ponderosa Dental Center, we partner with our patients to achieve and maintain the optimal level of oral health for a lifetime. Our Bend dentists and dental care team members recommend patients visit us at least two times each year for dental exams and teeth cleaning appointments. If you’re new to the area or looking for a new general dental office, call the Ponderosa Dental Center team to schedule your biannual dental exam today. We look forward to helping you achieve your healthiest, happiest smile and keep it for life!
Why Are Dental Checkups Important?
Dental checkups every six months have been recommended since the first world war. At this time, poor oral health was the leading medical reason people were kept from joining the military. Researchers determined that regular dental exams and teeth cleanings would reduce patients’ risk for common oral health conditions that could become extremely detrimental without proper care. Today, we continue to encourage patients to visit us every six months to prevent oral health concerns and keep you smiling.
What Happens During a Dental Checkup?
During your dental checkup, we’ll begin by capturing x-rays and intraoral photos that can be viewed on our chairside monitor. Then, we’ll carefully examine your oral and facial structures for warning signs of common conditions, including tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ dysfunction, teeth grinding and clenching, and oral cancer. A professional hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from even the hardest to access parts of your smile. Finally, one of our dentists will sit down with you one on one to discuss any oral health concerns we uncover. We’ll review your current oral health, answer questions, make treatment recommendations, and partner with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to deliver healthy, functional smiles.
Do Have to Visit Every Six Months?
You don’t have to visit the dentist every six months, but it is the best way to ensure you maintain the optimal level of oral health and function for life. Some of the other benefits of six month dental exams include:
- With regular professional cleanings, your smile will maintain a flawless and healthy appearance.
- Chronic health concerns like cancer, diabetes, and bone density issues can all present with early effects on oral health that may allow your dentist to aid you in earlier diagnosis during regular preventive exams.
- Most dental insurance providers offer 80 to 100% coverage for these preventive dental exams, so you’ll have the lowest out of pocket costs.
How Does Technology Affect My Six Month Checkups?
Patients don’t necessarily think of a trip to our office when they hear state-of-the-art technology, but they should! We utilize the most advanced, innovative dentistry technology to make your necessary dental care safer, faster, and more comfortable. During your dental exam, we’ll use digital x-rays and intraoral photos to help you better understand your current oral health, potential treatment options, and ensure you feel completely confident in any dentistry services we provide.