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For many people, the time to see the dentist is when they develop a toothache, have a cavity, a broken or cracked tooth, or some other problem with your oral health. And yes, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist when something is wrong, or if you are having a dental emergency. Be that as it may, those occasions should not be the only times you come into the office.

Ideally, you should see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning, checkup and x-rays, if needed. Those visits will let your dentist clean the stubborn plaque and tartar from your teeth that you may not have reached through brushing and flossing. Your dentist can also check for issues such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. During your regular appointment, your dentist can spot small problems before they become big (and expensive) problems. Keep in mind that some people may need to see the dentist more than two times a year depending on their oral health.

Even if you have dentures, implants, or some other type of tooth restoration, you should still see your dentist. The dentist needs to check your dental work to make sure that it fits correctly, and that your gums are healthy. Plaque can build up on your gums, just as it can on your teeth.

During your visit, you should talk with the dentist about any illnesses or diseases you have and any medication that you are taking. You should also tell the dentist about your brushing, flossing and dietary habits. Keeping your dentist in the loop about your overall health will allow her to provide better treatment for you.

If it has been a while since you have been in to see the dentist, or if it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, make an appointment with Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood today. If you live in the Rio Rancho, New Mexico area, you can call Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa at 505-219-0594.