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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Staying on top of your oral health is extremely important. We are excited to share a few of the reasons why with you!

Many people wonder why they need to go to the dentist every six months. There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may know. After reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment scheduled!

  1. Keeping bacteria at bay

    What is plaque and how is avoiding it’s removal dangerous for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is almost impossible to completely get rid of it during your daily brushing routine. This is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your at-home brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for a long period of time, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine dental cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to keep up with.

  2. Overall health

    There has been extensive research done regarding the link between oral health and other health problems. It is not well-known that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Many of these conditions begin with or show signs of their presence orally. During your routine checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key connection to the detection of other health issues you may be unable to detect yourself.

  3. Catch problems before they grow

    Dentists are trained to catch specific oral health issues before they become dangerous. Many people believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always true. Sometimes you may not be able to feel a cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in more complicated treatment.

  4. Don’t forget your gums

    The health of your gums is important to your oral health and can be challenging to keep up with if you don’t have a dental background. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the space is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for your health in the long run!

We hope you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are critical to staying on top of your health. If you choose to skip or postpone these appointments, you may develop problems that could cost you more money and time in the long run. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!