A thorough periodontal exam to check for gum disease is performed at your initial comprehensive exam and periodically at your routine exams and check-ups. If not diagnosed properly and left untreated, gum disease can lead to loss of teeth. Oral cancer screenings and soft and hard tissue exams are performed at your initial visit and at every periodic check-up.
Just as in your overall health, your home, your car, prevention is a key factor in keeping your expenses low and avoiding emergencies. Annual visits to the dentist is a critical step to help prevent those unwanted and untimely "surprises".