4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup
It is extremely important to stay on top of your oral health. We are here to share just a few of the reasons why!
What is the benefit of visiting the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may be aware of. After reading this, you will definitely want to get your next appointment on your calendar!
Catch problems before they grow
Dentists are trained to catch specific oral health issues early on in their development. People often believe that cavities are easy to detect because they are characterized by intense pain. This isn’t always true. Sometimes, a cavity will be painless and you won’t notice it at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught before they become worse and result in more expensive treatment.
The connection between oral health and health issues in other parts of the body has been researched deeply. There have been links discovered between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How is this possible? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral expressions. During your six-month dental checkups, your dentist can help find these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health expertise can provide a key link to finding other health issues you may not know about.
Keeping bacteria at bay
How will postponing the removal of plaque have a negative effect on your oral health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is almost impossible to get rid of it during your daily oral care routine. This 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, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup cannot be properly managed.
Don’t forget your gums
Keeping your gums healthy is very important to your overall oral health. It can be difficult to keep up with if you have no knowledge of dentistry. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is too deep, you may have gum disease. Simple checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will benefit your health in the long run!
We hope you all see that your routine dental exams and cleanings are critical to maintaining your health. If you choose to postpone these visits, you risk developing health problems that could cost you money and time in the future. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to be happy about!