Don’t underestimate your regular dental cleaning with your hygienist! This visit is important to maintain your oral health. Oral cancer screenings should be a regular part of this exam, and early detection is a critical key. Periodontal evaluations also prove important in determining if signs of gum disease are present and treatment indicated to address those. Periodontal disease is also correlated to various other systemic concerns, and therapy will potentially benefit overall health as well. Thorough exam of existing restorations and xrays also reveal early changes and minimize treatment and avoid emergencies!