Routine cleanings and dental exams are a fundamental component of preventive dentistry.

Dental cleanings are essential for removing built-up plaque and tartar, while dental exams ensure that any problems that may arise can be treated quickly and efficiently. If you need to schedule a comprehensive dental exam in Helotes, schedule an appointment with our team at Helotes Family Dentistry today!

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How many times a year should I get my teeth cleaned?

Everyone should schedule at least two dental cleanings and exams per year, regardless of how well they take care of their oral health at home. For patients who have periodontal disease or are more susceptible to gum disease, we may suggest scheduling three or four routine appointments per year to ensure that your teeth and gums remain clean and healthy. Our team can help you determine how many yearly cleanings and dental exams you should schedule based on your personal dental health and dental history.

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Why do I need a dental exam?

Routine dental exams are one of the best ways to diagnose and treat dental issues before they progress and cause more harm. When a problem is detected early, there are typically more treatment options that can be used and less time and money is required for treatment. For example, if you develop a small amount of tooth decay on a tooth in between routine appointments, it can usually be treated with a small filling. If it goes undiagnosed and untreated for a long time however, it could develop into a major toothache and require a root canal. The best thing to do is to schedule a regular dental cleaning and exam with our team at least once every six months.

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How many times should I have a dental x-ray done?

The number of X-rays each patient needs varies for a number of different reasons. Most patients have X-rays taken once per year, but some need them done at every appointment. We will look at your dental history and whether or not you are considered high-risk for certain dental issues to determine how often you should be receiving dental X-rays. Regular X-rays are important for identifying dental problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye, like tooth decay in between teeth and infections, and it also allows our team to get a better look at the jawbone and under the gums.

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