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Although it’s a common practice to see the dentist every six months, many people question whether or not you actually need dental exams that often. After all, an exam takes a chunk of time from your busy day and all they’re doing is cleaning your teeth, right?

Well, that’s not all we do here at Double Take Dental in Orem, Utah. Let’s go over exactly why you do need to see Dr. Andrew Atwood every six months.


During the exam, you’ll have an x-ray taken of your teeth. This will help us spot cavities before they can be seen or felt, which is a great way to ensure that your teeth don’t end up with infections or advanced decay due to cavities.

Tartar removal

One thing you can’t do for your teeth at home is remove tartar. Tartar is hardened plaque that usually accumulates along the gum line. When this happens it can lead to gingivitis. The only way to remove tartar is through a process called scaling, which is only performed by dental professionals.

Oral cancer exam

Part of every regular dental appointment, an oral cancer exam is critical in detecting the first signs of any issues, especially if you’ve had oral health problems in the past or a family history of oral cancer.

So while it may not seem apparent at first glance, the truth is you really do need to have regular dental exams. If you need to schedule one, call us today at 801-225-1002.