If you stopped a person on the street and asked, “Hey, how often are you supposed to go to the dentist?” the odds are pretty good that they’ll say, “Twice a year.” But if you ask that same person, “How often do YOU go to the dentist?” they might say “It’s none of your business,” but they might also say, “Not enough.” We all know the importance of regular dental checkups, yet for many reasons, so many of us fail to make that simple appointment every six months. There are countless reasons why we should get our teeth cleaned twice a year, but the following three are especially important reasons that, hopefully, may motivate you to keep up with your regular dental checkups.
Remove plaque and tartar build-up
The foods and drinks you consume each day leave behind particles that turn into plaque. When the plaque mixes with the bacteria in your saliva, it forms an acid that can strip away the enamel on your teeth. While daily brushing and flossing helps to remove some of this plaque build-up, it’s impossible for you to reach everything. The plaque that gets left behind hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Since tartar build-up is a leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease, you can save yourself a lot of pain and money by having a dentist remove it twice a year.
Check for cavities and potential problems
Many people who avoid dental checkups do so because they don’t want to find out if they have a cavity. However, when cavities are left untreated, they can cause much more serious problems that could lead you to lose one or more teeth. Untreated tooth decay can also lead to other issues that can be very expensive to correct.
Keep your gums healthy and your smile bright
When you get your teeth cleaned, the hygienist will gently buff the surface of your teeth to remove any surface stains. This not only removes harmful particles from your teeth, but it also gives your smile a brighter, shinier appearance. The hygienist or dentist will also thoroughly inspect your gums for signs of gingivitis and other damaging infections that could lead to serious problems down the road.
You only get one set of teeth, and it pays to take good care of them. By scheduling a dental checkup every six months, you can be sure that your mouth is healthy and protected from damaging plaque and tartar buildup. If you’re overdue for a dental checkup, make an appointment at our office today!