Checkups are important for people of all ages, however, with advanced age, enamel begins to wear and gums begin to recede, increasing the risk for oral health problems. Periodic preventive visits to the dentist allow for the earliest possible detection and treatment of oral health problems. These visits are crucial to your overall health and should be covered by all major insurance providers, including Medicaid. During biannual checkups, your dentist will perform a thorough teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup and food debris from difficult to reach crevices between the teeth and gums. Checkups also involve the use of diagnostic imaging to detect tooth decay and other conditions in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. Oral cancer screenings are also an effective component of a comprehensive checkup, and involve a visual and physical and visual inspection of the mouth and throat to identify signs of precancerous and cancerous growth.