When Should I Schedule A Dental Checkup?

The American Dental Association suggests people undergo a checkup and cleaning every six months. We agree, and we want to see you and your family twice a year for an exam and cleaning, which helps prevent everything from cavities to the onset of gum disease. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentist is looking at the benefits of a checkup.

Exams Benefit People of All Ages

A routine exam twice a year helps children over the age of two, as well as older kids, teens, and adults. A regular exam means an opportunity for your dentist to monitor the smile and identify the earliest warning signs of trouble. For kids, we’re going to make sure teeth are erupting and falling out on schedule, look for the warning signs of developing misalignment, and watch for issues like cavities and gingivitis. For older teens and adults, we’re going to watch for the threat of wisdom tooth eruption, cavities and infections, gingivitis and gum disease, and even jaw joint issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). We also screen for oral cancer once a year too! To gain a detailed picture of your current oral health, we will use advanced technology.

Having Your Smile Cleaned

Along with examining your smile, we will also clean your teeth to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. Unless removed, plaque could weaken tooth enamel and inflame gum tissue, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The cleaning procedure removes the buildup, and also gives us an opportunity to freshen breath and even brighten your tooth by polishing your smile thoroughly.

Better Care from Home

In between your office visits, you need to continue caring for your smile from home, which helps limit the severity of plaque buildup by removing stray food particles. You should brush your teeth in the morning and again at night before going to bed. You also need to floss your teeth before going to bed each night too! Try to cut back on sugar foods and drinks, which leave behind particles for bacteria to consume. If you have any questions about caring for your smile from home, or if you would like to learn more about our preventive procedures or other general treatments, then contact our team today. We can’t wait to see you and help you gain a healthier and more attractive smile!


We want to help people of all ages obtain better oral health and avoid the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. To learn more and schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.