You might think that as long as you brush your teeth twice a day and remember to floss that you don’t ever set foot inside a dentist’s office ever again. Wrong! Even though it’s wise to keep up good hygiene practices at home, it doesn’t excuse you from visiting the dentist twice a year. Biannual checkups and cleanings are incredibly important in keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy!
Here are 7 big reasons why you should make a point of visiting your dentist twice a year:
Remove Tartar Build-Up – No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing your teeth every day, you will still experience plaque from the food and drinks you consume. This plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed at home. Only your dentist can remove tartar buildup!
Cavity Detection and Prevention – Don’t want cavities? You need to visit your dentist on a biannual basis. That’s because he or she will check for the formation of cavities and, if one is found, it will be cleaned and filled before it even has the chance to expand and cause further damage.
Catch Problems Before They Start (or Worsen) – When you visit the dentist, he or she will x-ray your teeth, which will show any underlying problems that you might have in your jaw bones, any cavities that are too small to be seen by the naked eye, and any wear on your teeth. This can help diagnose problems as they’re occurring, helping your dentist treat symptoms and prevent the problems from worsening.
Help Prevent Oral Cancer – Like other cancers, it’s always best to detect oral cancer as early as possible. When you visit your dentist twice a year, you will receive and oral exam, which can help prevent or detect oral cancer.
Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy – Want to prevent periodontal disease? Making it your goal to keep your heart healthy and strong? Your dentist can help! By getting your biannual cleaning and checkup, you are keeping your teeth and gums healthy, which helps keep the rest of your body healthy, too!
Brighten Your Smile – Over time, the things that you eat and drink stain your teeth. This is particularly true of coffee, tea, wine, and soda. During a cleaning, the surface of your teeth will be buffed gently, removing tartar buildup and surface stains. The result leaves you with a fresher, brighter smile that you can flash with pride!
Save Money and Time – Visiting the dentist twice a year might seem to be too often to some patients, but it’s only a small amount of time compared to the amount of time you could spend getting severe dental issues fixed. By visiting your dentist regularly, you will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which will help you save time and money in the long run.
Need to get a check-up or a cleaning? Request your appointment with Foley Dental Group today! Call us at (618) 288-9670 or visit us online at www.foleydentalgroup.com. We hope to see you soon!