Great oral health begins with regular dental examinations and cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children and adults. Sometimes your dentist may feel it appropriate to be seen more often depending on your oral health. During these appointments patients receive a thorough examination of their teeth, gums, tongue, jaw, and neck. If necessary, Dr. Thuernagle may recommend X-rays, an oral cancer screening, or a periodontal (gum) inspection. After the comprehensive examination, one of our professional and knowledgeable dental hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning and polishing.