Why You Should See Your Dentist Every Six Months
In the midst of the hectic day-to-day, finding time for those twice yearly dental check-ups might seem like one more thing on the never-ending to-do list. We get it. We know prioritizing those visits to the dentist can be easy to put off. But, maintaining strong oral health is not only important for your smile, it’s also critical for early detection and prevention of a whole host of other potential problems, including those limited not just to your mouth.
Need more compelling reasons to book your appointment today? Try these on for size:
Keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay
As the adage goes, “Prevention is the best medicine,” and in many cases, it’s a lot cheaper, too! Keeping a keen eye on your teeth and gums is important so your dentist can nip any problems in the bud before they become more severe – and costly. It’s also a lot easier (and probably less painful!) to treat tooth decay and gum disease if it’s caught early.
Polish up for a deep clean
While we all do our best when brushing and flossing twice daily, getting a professional cleaning at the dental office is the best way to remove tartar build up that accumulates over time. Truth be told, people accumulate build up at different rates, and it can be challenging to stay on top of it all without regular visits to the dentist. Keeping those teeth and gums clean and healthy are critical to disease prevention.
Your dentist or hygienist can also offer tips for brushing if they notice certain areas of your mouth with more plaque. For example, simply being right- or left-handed may influence how well you’re cleaning certain parts of your mouth at home.
Keeping your x-rays up-to-date is another important reason for maintaining regular visits to the dentist. Not all problems are visible to the naked eye, and tracking x-rays over time can alert dentists to any potential issues or challenges as they emerge. Likewise, your dentist will perform routine oral cancer screens and neck, jaw and lymph node checks to ensure overall health.
So, keep your smile in check and make scheduling easy by getting your next appointment in the books after each dental visit.