Importance of Regular Dental Visits
Proper oral hygiene is important to your overall health. While home care, including brushing and flossing, can help keep your teeth clean, it is not enough to keep your entire mouth healthy. This is why visiting the dentist twice a year (every six months) can help you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, as well as catch small issues before they become bigger issues.
A big step to keeping your mouth healthy is preventative care. The first part of a dentist’s visit is a cleaning which gets rid of the tartar and plaque that gradually builds up on your gums over time. If this plaque and tartar is not regularly removed, it can get under your gums and cause problems such as gingivitis (bleeding and tenderness), periodontal disease, and eventually the loss of teeth.
The second part of a dentist visit is the actual exam from the dentist. While the cleaning will help your teeth be more healthy right at that particular moment, regular visits allow the dentist to check the level of your oral health, as well as spot any potential problems such as tooth decay, chipped or fractured teeth, gum disease, or other oral diseases. Since most dental issues develop over long periods of time, regular checkups allow the dentist to catch problems early and take care of them before they turn into major issues. Preventative care is one of the best ways to avoid painful and expensive procedures.