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Are Dental Check-Ups Really That Important?

Posted on March 5, 2017 in Dental Health, Common Questions


"I'm young and healthy." "I don't have any tooth pain or unusual symptoms." "Going to the dentist twice a year seems a little extreme."
"Do I really need to go to the dentist??"

It seems like a very logical train of thought.  Why would someone have their teeth checked twice a year if there seemed to be no need?

The truth is, though, that even the healthiest of smiles needs a regular inspection by a dentist.

Why, you ask?  Because there are preventative measures taking place in the exam room.  Measures that simply can't be performed at home.

To forego a dental check-up, even once, puts a person at risk for developing a layer of tartar on their teeth...and tartar cannot be removed at home.  Left unchecked, tartar build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

One of the many cleaning procedures that the dentist will perform during your check-up is the scraping off of any tartar on your teeth.  This procedure is known as scaling, and it is done with a special tool called a scaler.

Dental scaler

Not only will your dentist perform important tasks such as scaling and cleaning, he will also be scanning your gums, teeth, mouth, and tongue for any indication of more serious issues such as cancer.  This is reason enough to not put off or skip one of your dental check-ups.

Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we hope that you understand and believe in the importance of maintaining regular check-ups.  And regular means twice a year!

A check-up is much more than having your teeth cleaned...it is about securing a healthy smile and a healthy YOU. Please call us to set up an appointment or to have any of your dental questions answered.  We would love to hear from you!

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About the Author

Dr. Jay L. Robertson

Dr. Jay L. Robertson

Dr. Jay Robertson joined our practice in July 2008.  He is from Montgomery and is a graduate of Saint James School, Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Robertson and his wife Jennifer have four children, John Campbell, Julian, Lowe, and Ansley.

Dr. Robertson serves on the board of the Montgomery Quarterback Club and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. When not at work, Dr. Robertson enjoys all things sports, including Auburn, golf, and his children’s various sports.

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