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The Importance of Checkups Every Six Months

The Importance of Checkups Every Six Months

The American Dental Association (ADA) makes recommendations on all aspects of at-home oral care, from how to prevent gum disease and cavities to which toothpastes to use and the  DIY treatments you should avoid. 

Even if you adhere to all of their at-home oral care recommendations, the ADA still recommends a dental checkup every six months. 

Here, Dr. Ed Trizzino, our board-certified family dentist here at Smiles of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, highlights the importance of routine dental checkups.

What does a dental checkup entail?

During a holistic dental checkup, the Smiles of Atlanta team goes beyond the routine examination of your teeth and gums to consider your overall well-being. The holistic dental approach encompasses the interconnectedness of your oral health with your body's health. 


During your comprehensive examination, Dr. Trizzino examines your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to identify any signs of decay, gum disease, or other dental issues. During your cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar, and you receive a professional flossing.

But Dr. Trizzino doesn't stop there. He also discusses your dietary habits, lifestyle choices, and any concerns you may have. This holistic approach allows us to provide personalized guidance on maintaining a healthy mouth and overall wellness. 

The bottom line: Dr. Trizzino’s aim is not only to address immediate dental needs but to support your long-term health. 

7 reasons why your dental checkup is important

Your routine dental checkup provides the following benefits: 

Preventive care 

Think of your dental checkup as a preventive measure that can save you from dental woes down the road. Removing plaque, for example, can lessen your risk of cavities and gum disease. 

Professional cleanings lead to sparkling smiles

Even with regular brushing and flossing at home, some areas in your mouth can be hard to reach. Our dental hygienists are experts at cleaning those places. 


Thanks to specialized tools and cleaning techniques, we work to ensure your teeth are free from plaque buildup and tartar. This not only keeps your teeth looking dazzling but also helps prevent gum disease.

A chance to receive personalized guidance

Your dental checkup is an excellent opportunity to discuss any oral health concerns you may have. Our experienced team offers personalized advice on proper brushing and flossing techniques, dietary choices that impact your dental health, and guidance on any specific issues you're facing.

Early detection and swift treatment

Regular dental checkups allow us to catch dental problems in their early stages. Dental issues that are detected early are often easier and less expensive to treat. Addressing concerns promptly can also help you avoid more extensive dental procedures in the future. 

For example, filling in a cavity while it’s small can ward off more complex treatments later than if it grows deep into your dental pulp. And because we use only BPA-free composite resin fillings, you won't have to worry about the pitfalls of mercury-containing amalgam fillings!

Preserve your natural teeth

One of the ultimate goals of regular dental checkups is to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, maybe a lifetime. By addressing issues early and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can enjoy a beautiful, functional smile well into your golden years.

Fortify your oral health and physical health connection

Your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Some systemic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can manifest as symptoms in the mouth. For example, diabetes can cause sweet-smelling breath and an increase in cavities.

Regular dental checkups can identify these signs and allow for timely intervention and potentially improve your overall health.

Peace of mind

Knowing that your oral health is in excellent hands can provide you with peace of mind. Dental checkups every six months are a proactive step toward maintaining your smile and minimizing the risk of unexpected dental emergencies.

Schedule your next checkup today

Don't underestimate the importance of those biannual dental checkups. They’re your ticket to a healthy, radiant smile.

If you're due for your next dental appointment, give us a call today at 770-407-8459 to schedule your checkup and continue your journey to optimal oral health. You can also book online. Your smile will thank you!

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