Seeing your Dentist twice a year is not a huge time commitment over the course of the year. However with life, kids, family obligations and a busy work schedule, two routine appointments a year with your dentist can be difficult to maintain. In fact, a study sponsored by the Center for Disease Control revealed that only 64% of adults actually visit the dentist in a year. Are regular dental visits necessary? Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once daily, and leading a balanced healthy lifestyle is crucial to good oral health. However, here are some reasons why you should still see your dentist at least twice a year.
Let’s start with plaque and tartar. Soft and sticky is never good when it comes to your teeth. This residue is hard to see, but it packs an ugly punch. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth over time. Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque buildup can find small crevices in which to hide while wreaking havoc on your oral health. If not addressed properly, plaque can lead to tartar – a hardened form of plaque that eats away at tooth enamel, causes tooth decay and eventually leads to gum disease, and bone loss around your gums. Regular visits to the dentist can help you better manage plaque and tartar buildup to prevent these problems before they even start.
A tooth cleaning every six months is about much more than making sure your teeth are pearly white, though. A careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck is typically included as well in your visit. Examining these areas can be a great benefit when it comes to checking for other ailments and diseases such as swelling, redness, diabetes, or even cancer. In addition, regular checkups with your dentist will ensure you get yearly X Rays in order to monitor teeth shifting as well as potentially uncover other issues that might have gone undetected.
The other important factor with visiting your dentist twice a year is the accountability. Seeing your dentist every six months establishes a routine that provides more incentive to continue daily brushing and flossing. You’ll be more inclined to brush and floss regularly if you know you have a visit with your dentist coming up. Establishing a regular routine with your dentist is beneficial. If you ever encounter an oral incident that needs immediate care, a good rapport with your dentist will get you the help you need more quickly.
Let’s face it, a dental visit is not the most sought after experience, but seeing your dentist twice a year will prove beneficial for your smile and your overall oral health. Not only will you be able to tackle plaque and tartar and avoid gum disease, two visits per year with your dentist will keep you well informed about your oral health and maintain a positive rapport with your dentist. Not to mention, your bright smile will make it all worth it.