During your routine 6-month appointment, a dental check-up will be performed in addition to your dental cleaning. In this examination, Dr. Maynard will evaluate your oral health by checking for cavities and gum disease, screening for oral cancer, and checking your face, neck, jaw and mouth for any abnormalities. X-rays may be required and you may be asked questions about your oral habits (such as how often you brush and floss) and about your lifestyle. If necessary, tips and instructions will be provided on how to change your diet and/or teeth cleaning routine in order to help improve your oral health. The check-up exam typically takes less than 15 minutes and is included in your preventive care.