Regular Dental Checkup

Regular dental checkups are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. It’s a critical part of your oral health and something we recommend to all of our patrons. Dental checkups should be completed every six months to maintain proper, optimal health.

Regular Dental Checkups

Carolina Complete Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care focused on preventing dental disease and maintaining oral health. During a new patient hygiene appointment, our staff will gather your information, take x-rays, perform a teeth cleaning, and fluoride treatment. You will then meet with the doctor to discuss any dental concerns and schedule treatments or your next cleaning appointment. The first appointment takes about 1-1.5 hours to ensure thorough care and attention. CareCredit is available for those without dental insurance.

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  • Why are dental checkups important?

    Many oral health concerns can only be detected through a thorough examination by a trained dentist. Dental checkups provide oral cancer screenings, digital X-rays to check for hidden issues, and professional cleanings to eliminate plaque, bacteria, and other buildups that daily brushing and flossing won’t effectively eliminate.

    Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, so early intervention is essential. Once gum disease has taken its toll on the tooth and supporting bone, it cannot be restored, but only managed or replaced. The dental hygienist will use a small ruler to gently measure the gum “pocket” around each of your teeth, making note of areas that you can’t clean with a toothbrush or floss. X-rays are used in conjunction with these measurements, to identify areas of bone recession.

  • How often should you get dental checkups?

    It is recommended to have dental checkups every six months to maintain good oral health. During your first visit, your dentist will ask for your complete health history to understand your past and current health. Regular checkups will then be scheduled to keep track of any changes in your oral health and ensure your teeth and mouth are in good condition.

    The American Dental Association and most dentists suggest six-month intervals for maintenance and cleaning to ensure healthy teeth and gums. If your mouth is free of gum disease and heavy buildup, then six months is the average time needed for tartar and stains to accumulate and require another cleaning. However, if you have a history of periodontitis, you may need to schedule maintenance visits every 3-4 months.

  • What are the signs of oral cancer?

    Mouth cancer is a type of cancer that can develop anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, and sinuses. Early detection is key to successfully treating the disease, so it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

    • Sores, swelling, lumps, or thick patches in or around your mouth
    • A feeling of a lump or object in your throat
    • Numbness or pain anywhere in your mouth
    • Loose teeth with no dental cause
    • A lingering sore throat or hoarseness
    • Areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or lips
    • Difficulty moving your jaw, swallowing, or speaking
    • Pain in your ear without loss of hearing

    According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than half of those diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. survive for at least five years. However, early detection is critical for successful treatment.

  • Why are brushing and flossing important?

    Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene and fresh breath. Apart from that, they also have a significant role in the physical disruption of a complex bacterial network known as biofilm. It’s crucial to disrupt and remove this sticky film to prevent the occurrence of dental diseases like cavities and gum disease. There are numerous products available in the market claiming to be the best. It’s always advisable to consult your hygienist and discuss the options to get the best recommendation for your specific needs.

    It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and floss once. If you have difficulty remembering to floss, try to connect it with an activity you do daily. For instance, you could floss while taking a shower or driving to work.

More questions?

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your dental checkup, contact our office and we'll be happy to help.

Carolina Complete Dentistry

8401 University Executive Park Dr.
Suite 118
Charlotte, NC 28262
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To get to our office, please enter through the main doors of our building, off University Executive Park Dr. This entrance is located in the courtyard, just past the fountain that runs during the summer months.

We'll be happy to greet you in Suite 118!


Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed





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