Regular Dental Checkup

Regular dental checkups are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. It’s a vital part of your oral health and something we recommend to all our patients. Dental checkups should be completed every six months to maintain optimal health.

Regular Dental Checkups

At Lafayette Dental, our leading dental hygienists advocate for preventive measures such as teeth cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride to combat common dental issues. Our focus is on comprehensive dental exams to assess your teeth, gums, and overall health. We prioritize both your smile and well-being. During a typical new patient hygiene appointment, you can anticipate the following steps:

  1. Your dental hygienist will escort you to the exam room and take necessary dental x-rays or photos.
  2. Next, your dental hygienist will conduct a thorough teeth cleaning, polish, floss, and fluoride application while assessing overall oral and periodontal health.
  3. The dentist will then discuss any concerns you may have or address areas of focus.
  4. Finally, any required treatments will be scheduled, or your next 6-month cleaning appointment will be arranged.

This initial appointment typically lasts 1 to 1.5 hours, providing enough time for your care without rushing or overwhelming you with information.

illustration of teeth being cleaned using dental tools
  • Why are dental checkups important?

    Comprehensive dental examinations conducted by trained dentists are vital for detecting various oral health issues. During dental checkups, oral cancer screenings, digital X-rays, and professional cleanings are performed to identify problems and remove plaque, bacteria, and other buildups that brushing and flossing alone may miss.

    Early intervention is important for preventing gum disease, the primary cause of tooth loss. Restoration becomes difficult once gum disease progresses and damages the tooth and supporting bone. Your dental hygienist will measure gum “pockets” around each tooth to identify inaccessible areas for cleaning. X-rays help identify bone recession alongside these measurements.

  • How often should you get dental checkups?

    Dental checkups should occur every six months. During your initial visit, your dentist will gather your complete health history to understand your overall health status. Subsequent regular checkups will monitor any changes in your oral health and provide proper maintenance of your teeth and mouth.

    The American Dental Association and most dentists recommend biannual checkups because the maintenance and cleaning provided during these visits are crucial for preserving healthy teeth and gums. However, individuals with a history of periodontitis may require more frequent maintenance visits, possibly every 3-4 months.

  • What are the signs of oral cancer?

    Oral cancer can occur in any area of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, and sinuses. Early detection is important for successful treatment. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor immediately:

    • Sores, swelling, lumps, or thick patches in or around your mouth
    • Sensation of a lump or foreign object in your throat
    • Numbness or pain anywhere in your mouth
    • Unexplained loose teeth
    • Persistent sore throat or hoarseness
    • Red or white lesions in your mouth or lips
    • Difficulty moving your jaw, swallowing, or speaking
    • Ear pain without hearing loss

    Over half of those in the U.S. survive oral cancer after five years, according to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, but it must be caught early.

  • Why are brushing and flossing important?

    We’re all familiar with how brushing and flossing can leave our mouths feeling fresh. But beyond that, they play a crucial role in disrupting the bacteria biofilm, preventing cavities and gum disease. With many products claiming to be the best, it’s wise to discuss options with your hygienist for the best recommendation.

    As you know, it’s essential to brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss once a day. If you tend to forget to floss, try linking it with a daily activity you always do, like flossing in the shower or during your commute to work!

  • What are other preventative dental care strategies?

    In addition to teeth cleaning and stain removal, our dental cleaning offers multiple preventive services, including:

    Dental Sealants: These are applied to the deep grooves and pits in your back teeth to make them easier to clean and reduce the risk of cavities.

    Fluoride Treatment: Strengthening tooth enamel, combating sensitivity, and reversing early tooth decay are some benefits of fluoride. While dental insurance typically covers fluoride treatments for children, our adult patients can avail of this service for just $29.

    Oral Cancer Screenings: Early detection of this potentially fatal disease is crucial. Our routine checkup appointments include a thorough oral cancer examination.

    Diagnostic X-rays: Periodic X-rays help us detect new areas of decay or bone loss around your teeth, enabling us to address them in their early stages and prevent further complications.


More Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your dental checkup, contact our office and we'll be happy to help.

Lafayette Dental

50 Route 15
Lafayette, NJ 07848
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Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (2 per month)


(973) 579-7888

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Dental emergency?

Emergency treatment is available to our entire patient base, as well as 24-hour on-call service. Call us at (973) 579-7888.