We all know it is important to brush and floss to maintain oral health, but did you know it is just as important to keep up with your routine dental checkups? Regular checkups every six months can help identify oral health issues early on before they become a major problem. These checkups help protect not only your oral health but your overall health as well. Here are some of the most important reasons you should visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Brushing and flossing will only get rid of so much bacteria. At a certain point, bacterial growth becomes resistant, clinging to surfaces on and between the teeth, even after the most vigorous brushing and flossing.
During your check-up, your dentist will perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque or tartar from the teeth and gums. This will protect the teeth and gums from attacks by harmful bacteria that make their home in plaque and tartar. They will also look for early signs of tooth decay.
Your dentist will also ensure that the gums are firm. They will check for swelling, receding gums and deep gum pockets. If any of these symptoms are found, they will treat the underlying cause.
Oral Cancer Screening:
Your dentist will check your mouth and neck for signs of cancer every time you visit. With this exam, a person who sees the dentist every six months has little chance of developing late-stage oral cancer.
Keeping Bad Habits in Check:
There are many bad habits that can have a negative impact on your oral health. These include chewing ice, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, eating particularly sticky or hard foods, and of course smoking. When you go for regular dental checkups, your dentist can check for any oral damage caused by these or other habits which you may otherwise not have noticed.
Visiting your dentist every six months may not be an appointment you are looking forward to, but it is one of the most important to keep. It will help you avoid tartar buildup and give your dentist plenty of time to catch dental concerns as early as possible. If you are thinking about skipping a dental checkup because of time or anxiety, make sure to consider all the risks. What you might end up paying in the long run for not visiting your dentist will likely be much higher, both for your wallet and your peace of mind.
If it is time for you to schedule your routine checkup, call 405.737.5905.