The Importance Of Regular Dental Check-Ups
Even if you are not experiencing any dental pain or concerns, you still need to schedule dental cleaning and checkups every 6 months. Dental checkups should begin within a child’s first year, and should be a permanent part of your healthcare routine. Below is a closer look at the importance of dental checkups.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
During your bi-annual dental checkup, your dental hygienist will deep clean your teeth. This includes removing any stubborn tartar and plaque, and polishing your teeth with professional dental equipment. Even if you floss once a day, and brush twice each day, it is impossible to remove all of the build-up that occurs. Your dental check-ups play an essential role in keeping cavity and decay causing build-up at bay.
X-Rays And Oral Inspection
Your dentist will examine your x-rays, gums, and teeth—but also your face, neck, lymph nodes, and jaw muscles. The goal is to identify cavities, signs of gum disease, misaligned teeth, infection, cracked teeth, or any other oral health concerns. This oral inspection is the best way to identify problems before they grow into something more severe.
Suggest Changes To Your Oral Health Routine
While everyone needs to brush and floss daily, your dentist may suggest specific changes to your oral health routine. This could include increasing the frequency of your brushing and flossing, using a fluoride mouthwash, or making health-related changes that will support your oral health.
Your dental check-ups are also the time to discuss your oral health concerns with your dentist. This includes cosmetic concerns, such as tooth whitening, braces, wisdom teeth removal, or how to manage dental conditions such as TMJ.
What If Nothing Is Wrong With Your Teeth?
A common reason people skip going to the dentist is because nothing looks or feels wrong. Alternatively, maybe because you brush and floss regularly, you have decided that is enough. While you may not see or feel that anything is awry, most dental concerns start off small and unnoticeable, and slowly grow into larger problems. For example, filling a cavity early is relatively quick, easy, and painless. Skipping the dentist and allowing a cavity to become infected can be painful—and may require a far more extensive treatment.
Oral health is an essential part of your head-to-toe health. Keep up with your bi-annual teeth cleaning and check-ups, and save yourself the time, stress, and cost associated with emergency dental care.