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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Why is it so important to go to your routine dental checkups? We are here to share a few reasons with you!

Why do you need to see the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may be aware of. After reading this, you will definitely want to get your next appointment scheduled!

  1. Catch problems before they growDentists have the knowledge to catch oral health issues early on in their development. People often believe that cavities are easy to detect because they are exhibited by intense pain. This isn’t always the case. Cavities can, in fact, be painless. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught before they become worse and result in more prolonged, expensive treatment.
  2. Overall healthThere has been extensive research done regarding the connection between oral health and health issues in other parts of the body. There have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How is this possible? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral manifestations. During your six-month dental checkups, your dentist can help find these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key link to discovering other health issues you may not be aware of.
  3. Keeping bacteria at bayWhat is plaque? Why will postponing it’s removal have a negative effect on your oral health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is almost impossible to get rid of it during your daily oral care, and this is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with your personal brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup cannot be properly managed.
  4. Don’t forget your gumsKeeping your gums healthy is very important to your overall oral health. It 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 too deep, you may have gum disease. Simple checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will benefit your health and save you money in the long run!

We hope you all see that your routine dental exams and cleanings are integral in maintaining your health. If you choose to postpone or cancel these visits, you risk developing problems that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!