Visiting the dentist is the last thing many of us think about when planning our busy schedules; however, this is one of the most important things you should add to your 2015 calendar, so that you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The number of times that you currently visit will depend on how healthy your teeth and gums are and whether you require further treatment, such as Orthodontics, dentures or implants. The time between regular check-ups can vary from three months to 12 months.
Many dentists recommend visiting the dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. Here are some reasons why you should visit the dentist every six months.
Early diagnosis of tooth decay, gum disease and mouth cancer
The most important reason why you should visit your dentist regularly is to avoid dental issues such as tooth decay and gum problems. These issues may seem trivial to begin with, but they can quickly develop into something more serious. Even potentially major dental concerns and health issues can be detected earlier from regular trips to your dental practice.
Even though most of us clean and floss regularly, we can easily miss areas where bacteria build up. Your hygienist can show you how to brush properly and can give your teeth a brush and polish, leaving your teeth feeling and looking fresher. They will also give you some dental hygiene tips and can answer questions on which products to use, such as toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwash and dental floss.
Diagnosis of severe dental disease
Early diagnosis of dental diseases, such as oral cancer, can help save your life. Your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening during your regular visit. Oral cancer is known to spread quickly, but lives can be saved if symptoms are discovered early.
Many people aren’t aware of the fact that nutritional habits can lead to gum disease, which can expose healthy teeth to tooth loss and other serious health problems. Regular visits to your dentist will allow them to diagnose gum problems early on, so they can advise you on suitable foods and drinks that are better for your diet. Certain gum issues can be reversed if caught sooner.
If you haven’t visited your dentist for at least 6 months, book your appointment today.