What to Expect from Your Routine Dental Visit

Dentists recommend visiting their office every 6 months for a dental cleaning and exam (or more frequently if there are bigger oral health problems to monitor). At a routine dental visit, your dentist will:

  • Check your oral health
  • Conduct an oral cancer screening
  • Look for signs of gum disease
  • Recommend any follow-up work

The oral cancer screening is typically included in the exam cost and is a visual check. If they see something is off, they may order a kit to give them a closer look at the condition of your mouth.

You may only have a dental x-ray at your 6-month visit if you are experiencing tooth pain or oral health problems that need to be evaluated. Once a year, your dentist will want to do dental x-rays, so your annual bill will look like your first-time dental visit.

The following pages contain sample bills for a general dentist in our network for the Careington Care 500 plan.