Visiting the Dentist
Forgoing the dentist is all too common, and millions of people put off visiting their local dental office each year. Unfortunately, putting off the care that you need only creates more dental problems and the need for invasive treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly can help to keep your teeth and gums in good health for the rest of your life.
How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?
Ideally, patients of all ages should be visiting the dentist twice a year. These bi-annual appointments gives us a chance to monitor your dental health and make notes of any changes we find. If there is a problem, it’ll be more minor and is easily treated during the visit or at an upcoming appointment. Bi-annual visits often involve a cleaning, which is done to remove tartar and stains from the teeth. Tartar alone can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so removing it professionally is key to maintaining optimal oral health.
What Can You Expect During Your Dental Appointments?
Most routine bi-annual appointments involve a cleaning and examination. Oftentimes, x-rays are taken to identify any changes. The cleaning is done by a licensed hygienist who uses special tools to remove tartar and stains from your teeth. Your gums will be checked for any signs of periodontal disease. Next, an examination is performed to check for areas of tooth decay and problematic restorations. Checkup visits typically take less than an hour in our office. We can even pre-schedule your appointments so that you never have to remember to set a time and day to come in.
The importance of routine dental care
Routine care is critical to the health of your smile. If you continually forgo bi-annual checkup visits, the tartar on your teeth will continue to build up and cause problems with decay and gum disease. Likewise, smaller problems go ignored until they are much larger. Nearly half of all adults over age 30 have gum disease, and this is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene at home and not seeing the dentist often enough for cleanings and exams. You can save your teeth and smile with regular checkups done every six months. We offer preventative care to patients of all ages and regardless of health needs.
If you are ready to make an appointment to visit our office, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.