The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are given to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
The American Dental Association recommends regular dental checkups every 6 months. Screening for periodontal disease should be part of every regular dental examination.
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