You’ve probably heard your dental hygienist or even a friend recommend that you see your dentist every six months. On the one hand it makes sense. And on the other hand, you wonder if it’s really necessary. But have you ever stopped to ask why?
For some people, going to the dentist twice a year is part of their normal routine, and they typically don’t think too much about it. For others who may be nervous about going to the dentist, the visit can be a dreaded task. And going to the dentist every six months might seem like overkill, especially when you’re not experiencing any problems. So, no matter which category you fall into, here’s the why behind the dental guideline.
Maintain Optimum Dental Health
The primary reason why you should see your dentist every six months is to maintain your optimum dental health. By allowing both your dentist and dental hygienist to examine and clean your teeth twice a year, they will be able to accomplish several health objectives.
- Clean your teeth and provide a fluoride treatment.
- Remove plaque on your teeth and below the gum line.
- Take periodic X-rays to expose any issues.
- Prevent cavities
- Examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer.
- Detect any dental issues before they become a bigger problem.
- Treat a cavity in its early stages.
- Identify any areas that need more attention.
- Demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.
- Answer any questions you may have.
Catch Any Dental Issues Early
Just because you’re not experiencing any pain or discomfort doesn’t mean that you don’t have any tooth or oral issues. In fact, you can have a developing cavity or other dental problem before you see or feel any symptoms.
Your dentist uses special tools to clean your teeth and remove plaque in order to prevent the onset of cavities and tooth decay. Your dental hygienist can examine your teeth and mouth for any hidden and early signs of oral cancer. They can also take the time to demonstrate proper tooth care and identify any areas you may be missing when brushing and flossing.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
Unfortunately, some dental issues can be irreversible if caught too late. So, it’s definitely best to discover and tend to any dental problems as soon as possible. That means being proactive about your dental care.
For patients who experience nervousness before their dental visit, you can take an anti-anxiety medication in advance to help calm your nerves. If your dental anxiety is more extreme, you may want to visit with a mental health professional to help you overcome your fear.
By visiting your dentist every six months, you can avoid a variety of high-risk dental infections, such as cavities. Cavities can be very painful if they are allowed to fester. Cavities can also be potentially dangerous for your overall health. For example, a cavity or other oral infection can spread to your bloodstream and lead to a condition called septicemia. So, early detection of any oral health issues will save you pain, money, and potentially other serious health problems down the line.
We highly recommend that you schedule your next dental checkup before you leave our office. That way, you are on the calendar and you have plenty of time to request a few hours away from work or make any necessary child care arrangements.
To schedule your next dental checkup in Winston-Salem, NC, contact us today.