Discover the Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Regular visits to examine and clean your teeth at Valley Hills Dentistry help us spot dental problems at their earliest, most treatable stages.

How Often Do I Need to Visit?

  • For most patients, we recommend dental cleanings and exams every six months.
  • If you’re at low risk of cavities or gum disease, one visit a year may be enough.
  • If you have any of the following high-risk factors for dental disease, you may need to visit every three or four months or more:
    • Smoking
    • Diabetes
    • Gum disease
    • Low immunity to bacterial infection
    • A history of cavities or plaque buildup 
    • Periodontal disease

Why Are Regular Dental Cleanings So Important?

During a dental cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar that you can’t reach through brushing and flossing alone. This helps prevent infections and reduces the risk of developing diseases and other medical complications.


When plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, bacteria can develop into gingivitis, a serious infection of the gum tissue. 

Periodontal Disease

Untreated gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, an irreversible condition that damages the jawbone that holds teeth in place. Symptoms include:

  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Inflamed, painful gums that recede over time.

Other Serious Health Issues

Research indicates that inflammation from the gums and jaw can spread through the bloodstream, contributing to serious health conditions, including:

  • Oral cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Blood clots
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia
  • Fertility problems
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Sinus infections

Schedule Your Checkup Now to Prevent Problems Later

Schedule an appointment at Valley Hills Dentistry in Hickory, NC, to set up the regular dental visits you need to protect your smile and health well into the future.

Dr Shaw is the best dentist I've ever dealt with...100% satisfied with all the work he's done for me...Great service and care, wouldn't go anywhere else.
Great experience, All the staff I interacted with were very friendly...Went in to have a chipped tooth looked at, ended up needing a root canal. Dentist was even able to fit Me in and have me come back later that same day to perform the root canal before the holidays.
Dr. Shaw and his staff are friendly, kind, patient and just pleasant to be around. Dr. Shaw is very gifted and has performed excellent dental work for me. That makes going to the dentist much less stressful. I highly recommend Dr. Shaw and Valley Hills Dentistry.