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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

A woman looking to her right and smiling while sitting in the dentist's chair.

Why is it so important to go to your routine dental checkups? We are here to share a few reasons with you!

 

Do you know why you need to see the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your dental health care than you may know. After reading this, you will definitely want to get your next appointment on the calendar! 

  1. Overall healthThere has been extensive research done when it comes to the connection between oral health and other health problems. There have been links found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How can your dentist help with this? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral manifestations. During your routine dental checkup, your dentist can help find these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health expertise can provide a key link in discovering other health issues you may be unaware of.
  2. Catch problems before they growDentists have the knowledge and expertise to catch oral health issues early on in their development. People often believe that cavities are easy to detect because they present themselves with severe pain. This isn’t always true, because cavities can be painless. If you are going to your dentist regularly, tricky painless cavities will be caught before they become worse and result in prolonged, expensive treatment.
  3. Don’t forget your gumsKeeping your gums in good health is important to your overall oral health. It can be difficult to keep up with if you have no dental knowledge. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is too deep, you may have gum disease. Simple checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will benefit both your health and wallet in the long run!
  4. Keeping bacteria at bayWhy does postponing the removal of plaque have a negative effect on your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is very difficult to get rid of it during your daily oral care routine, which 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 personal brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup cannot be managed properly.

 

We hope you all understand why routine dental exams and cleanings are so important for maintaining your health. If you choose to postpone or cancel these visits, you risk developing problems that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!