Keeping up with your oral health is extremely important, especially a 6-month checkup. We are here to share a few of the reasons why with you!
4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup
Why do we 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, and we are excited to share some of them with you. Trust us, after reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment on the calendar!
Keeping bacteria at bay
How is avoiding the removal of plaque detrimental to your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is difficult to completely get rid of it during your daily brushing, hence 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 at-home brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for an extended period of time, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine dental cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to stay on top of.
There has been extensive research done regarding the link between oral health and other health issues. Many people do not know that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How can your dentist help with this? 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 link to the detection of other health issues you may be unable to detect yourself.
Don’t forget your gums
Gum health is an integral part of your overall oral health and can be difficult to keep up with if you have no background in dentistry. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for you in the long run!
Catch problems before they grow
Dentists are trained to catch oral health issues early on in their development. Many people believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and are easy to detect. This isn’t always true. In certain cases, you may not be able to feel your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in more expensive treatment.
Hopefully, you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are important to maintaining your health. If you choose to skip these appointments, you risk developing problems that could cost you more money and time in the future. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about! Click here for more on wisdom teeth recovery.