4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup
Keeping up with your oral health is very important. We are here to share a few of the reasons why with you!
Why do you need to go to the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may know. After reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment booked!
Keeping bacteria at bay
How is avoiding the removal of plaque dangerous for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is difficult to get rid of during your daily brushing routine, which is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your personal brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for a prolonged period of time, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine dental cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to keep up with.
Catch problems before they grow
Dentists are trained to catch specific oral health problems before they become dangerous. Many people believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and are therefore easy to detect. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes you may not be able to feel a cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in prolonged, expensive treatment.
Don’t forget your gums
The health of your gums is a very important part of your overall oral health and can be challenging to keep up with if you don’t have dental knowledge. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the space is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for your health in the long run!
There has been extensive research done regarding the link between oral health and other health problems. Many people do not know that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Many of these conditions begin with or show oral manifestations. During your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key connection to the detection of other health issues you may be unaware of.
We hope you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are critical to maintaining your health. If you choose to skip or postpone these appointments, you may develop problems that could cost you more money and time in the future. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to be thankful for!