How often do you see your dentist? The majority of people fully understand how important it is to see their dentist on a regular basis. Taking good care of your teeth is one of the best things you can do when it comes to your good health, making it a good idea for you to schedule a dental checkup every six months. Although there are some dentists who suggest a dental checkup once a year is perfectly fine, going every six months is one of the best ways to ensure you are taking proper care of your oral health.
Regular dental checkups ensure good health
Scheduling a dentist appointment every six months for a checkup is essential to one's overall good health. While it is true that most people do not enjoy going to the dentist, those who do not keep up with their regular dental checkups just may regret this decision in the future. Those who do not visit their dentist on a regular basis are taking huge risks with their oral health, which can lead to other health complications.
Did you know that gum disease is 100 percent preventable?
Four Top Reasons Why You Need a Six Month Checkup
The following four reasons are why everyone should get a dental checkup every six months instead of once a year:
1. Plaque and tartar
Even when we brush and floss our teeth diligently 3 times a day, there are areas in the mouth that simply cannot be reached. Plaque and tartar tend to grow in these areas and needs to be removed as soon as possible for good oral health. Plaque and tartar lead to gum disease and tooth decay, which can negatively affect one's health.
A dental X-ray allows any dentist to see potential problems that may be going on with the teeth and/or the gums that one cannot see with the naked eye. It is much easier, less painful, and less expensive to address any potential up-and-coming dental problems as soon as possible.
3. Oral cancer check
Although anyone can get oral cancer, those who smoke and/or drink alcohol are at a greater risk. The sooner oral cancer is found, the better the chances of survival. Finding oral cancer in its early stages offers the best chance for a full recovery. We can check for symptoms of oral cancer and direct patients to the proper treatment facilities, if necessary.
4. Prevent bad habits
Patients who smoke, clench their jaw, grind teeth, chew on ice, eat lots of sweets, drink coffee, drink red wine or brush their teeth too hard need to visit our office. We can help educate patients on how unhealthy these habits are and recommend options for dealing with these habits.
Prevention is key
Being proactive is highly recommended when it comes to oral health. Seeing us for regular checkups is not only the best way for you to take care of your dental hygiene, but it is also a necessary step for preventing oral diseases. If you are someone who follows all the rules and has a long history of good dental health, you can still benefit from dental checkups. There are areas of the mouth that brushing and flossing cannot reach. Fortunately, we can.
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