Why Visit The Dentist Every 6 Months?

Regular dental visits are an important part of your oral health. Ideally you should get a dental checkup every six months. Even if you brush and floss each and every day, you can’t remove all of the debris and bacteria which builds up in your mouth. Left unchecked bacteria turns in to plaque which can contribute to tooth decay, gingivitis, and cavities. Your best protection against these conditions is a schedule of regular dental checkups.

Regular Visits Monitor Your Oral Health

When you visit your dentist on a regular basis they can monitor your oral health. During the exam the doctor will examine your teeth, gums, soft and hard tissues, and may take digital images. Your doctor may also check your neck and head as well as your jaws. These findings will be used to track any changes your doctor may find so that they can be monitored and treated if need be. Many major dental issues start as small problems. By catching them in the early stages your doctor can treat them easily before they become painful and expensive.

Oral Cancer Screening

Perhaps one of the most important reasons to have regular dental visits every six months is oral cancer screening. Oral cancer has a high survival rate if caught early. But oral cancer only has a bit more than a 64 percent survival rate. This is because symptoms are not caught early and treated in the early stages of the cancer. At regular dental visits your doctor will perform oral cancer screening and go over your risk factors. These include tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and being over 50 all increase your risk of oral cancer.

Regular Professional Cleanings Help Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Everyone has bacteria which lives in their mouths. This bacteria thrives on the sugars and other food we eat and drink. Even if you brush and floss each day, you can’t remove debris and food from under the gum line. Bacteria create a sticky substance known as plaque. Plaque sticks to your teeth and promotes cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. If left on the teeth plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar is a hard substance which can contribute to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). A professional tooth cleaning service removes the bacteria, plaque, and tartar from under and around your teeth. This not only makes your teeth feel shiny and clean, but keeps your entire mouth healthy.

As you can see, regular dental checkups every six months have many benefits. You owe it to yourself to take simple steps to protect your health. Call or contact us today and set up a schedule of regular checkups to keep your smile bright and healthy.

Ross Koeppen

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