Regular dental care is an important part of overall health. At your 'routine' check-up a number of procedures are performed – oral cancer screen, head and neck exam, TMJ and occlusal exam, orthodontic screen, cavity check and gum examination. A dental hygiene visit is generally recommended as well to remove any deposits and stain on the teeth to help prevent gum disease form progressing or developing. The frequency of checkups and cleanings depend on the likelihood of cavities, diligence of patient to oral care and gum health. Did you know that research has recently linked gum disease/oral bacterial to heart problems, diabetes, respiratory problems, arthritis and possibly even dementia?! Recommended frequency varies depending on your oral condition, overall health and habits. Generally we prefer to see our clients at least every six months but those with heavy tartar build up, or smokers with heavy stain generally come in every three to four months.