If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a crazy busy schedule. It might be difficult to imagine why you should squeeze in two dental appointments a year. The truth is that by making these checkups, you’re keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why you shouldn’t skip out on your biannual appointments with your dentist.
Early Diagnosis of Cavities
The main reason why it’s important to see your dentist regularly is to avoid serious dental problems like tooth decay and gum infections. Although a tiny cavity might not seem like a big deal, it can actually lead to more substantial issues down the road if left undetected and therefore untreated.
Gum disease is when your gums become infected with bacteria. These bacteria start attacking the structures that keep your teeth anchored in place. This can lead to teeth that become loose and ultimately fall out. However, tooth loss can be prevented by getting gum disease diagnosed and treated early. Your dentist can do that at your regular six-month checkup. Usually, a round of antibiotics and/or a dental deep cleaning will be enough to alleviate the problem.
Diagnosis of Serious Dental Issues
Oral cancer is a fairly common problem that unfortunately kills several thousand Americans a year. This is because many people don’t get the problem addressed soon enough and it ends up spreading to other areas of the body. During your checkup, your dentist will conduct a thorough oral cancer screening. Although oral cancer is known to spread rapidly, it can usually be treated with relative ease if caught early enough.
Cleaning Your Teeth
If you’re busy, you probably have to work hard to remember to brush and floss every day. Unfortunately, that’s not quite enough to keep your teeth as clean as they should be. Your teeth are exposed to plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, every day. Although you can get rid of it with regular brushing, some plaque remains behind and hardens into tartar, or calculus, which only a dental professional can remove. When tartar is allowed to remain on the teeth, it increases your risk for cavities and gum disease. In addition, you want a professional cleaning to give you that dentist-clean feeling. If you’re busy. It’s probably been far too long since you’ve experienced that.
It’s understandable that you’re busy, but you should really take the time to book an appointment with your dentist every six months. It shouldn’t take long at all, and your teeth and gums will thank you for it.
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth, known as “Dr. H” to his patients, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Dental School at Houston. He is devoted to continuing education to better treat his patients in Texas City. To schedule your next checkup with Dr. H, click here or call (409) 935-2111.