Do I Really Need to Come Every Six Months?
We are all busy so something as mundane seeming as a tooth cleaning can keep getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. We really do understand why lots of people put their regular cleanings on the back burner until a toothache or other issue forces them to seek treatment.
But those regular hygiene visits are far more important than you may think! They prevent, or reduce the severity of, many of the issues that lead to seeking emergency treatment down the road. By practicing good oral hygiene and keeping up with regular visits to your dentist, it’s possible to avoid many painful issues in the future such as cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and even mouth cancers.
Regular checkups help for more than just health reasons, they can also reduce the impact dental issues can have on our wallets. Preventing cavities and gum disease, or catching these things early, can prevent costly emergency treatments such as extractions, root canals, and periodontal treatment.
The Things We Do At Six-Month Visits
The removal of plaque during your cleaning serves many purposes beyond the cosmetic. Plaque builds up on our teeth over time and will foster bacteria that eat away at our teeth’s enamel and form cavities. As plaque hardens and forms tartar, it can also cause irritation of the gums that may lead to tooth gum disease and tooth loss if left untreated.
Scaling is the process by which tartar is removed from the teeth. Removal of tartar and plaque can prevent both cavities and gum disease before they have a chance to cause serious damage to your dental health.
Regular visits to your dentist can also help to catch oral cancers as early as possible, and as with other cancers, early detection and treatment is key.
Keeping up with your regular dentist visits can even help with your overall health. According to recent studies, individuals who practice good oral health have shown a correlation with reduced risks for heart attacks and strokes. While this link between oral health and overall health is still being researched, it is a good enough incentive to keep getting those six-month checkups.