For as far back as you can remember, you have been told that you need to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. However, if you are like 36% of adults, you did not schedule an appointment last year. You tend to believe that you do not need a visit until after a problem has arisen. However, skipping your regular appointments cause preventable issues to develop. If you have not been to your dentist this year, here are 5 good reasons why you should schedule an appointment right away.
1. Monitor Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities
Your home oral hygiene habits are vital to preventing harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar accumulations in the mouth. However, even with the best brushing and flossing methods, there are still areas that you cannot reach. If you do not visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning, you allow them to buildup, which can infect your gum tissue and eat away at your enamel.
To prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it is best to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
2. Detect Oral Cancer
It is estimated that over 49,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Unfortunately, only about half of those will survive for 5 years after diagnosis. This is due to the fact that the cancer is often not diagnosed until it has reached advanced stages and spread to other areas of the body.
To detect cancerous and precancerous cells early, it is important to have an oral cancer screening with your dentist every six months.
3. Prevent Gum Disease
Half of adults in the United States have a form of gum disease, which is an infection that wreaks havoc on your oral and overall health. While it is common, it is easily preventable and reversible with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care.
At each preventive appointment, your dentist will look for signs of the infection to create a proactive treatment plan to restore your gum health.
4. Protection Against Bad Habits
If you have certain bad habits, like smoking or grinding your teeth, they will cause damage to your smile. Your dentist will help to prevent issues that are caused by poor habits while also treating any complications that have developed.
5. Find Problems Below the Surface
Sometimes, dental issues are not visible to the naked eye, such as impacted teeth or damage to the jawbone. At each preventive appointment, your dentist will take x-rays to look for any areas of concern that are brewing beneath the surface.
Protect Your Smile Today!
Even if you are not currently experiencing any dental problems, it is important to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Keep your smile healthy and schedule a preventive appointment today!
About Dr. Barry Polansky
Dr. Barry Polansky has provided comprehensive dental services for more than 35 years. Due to his advanced qualifications, he offers many areas of specialty dentistry. To keep your smile healthy and beautiful, contact his office today to schedule a preventive appointment.