As adults, many of us follow a simple dental routine we’re taught as kids. This simple routine usually consists of brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day. While that’s a great routine to have because it can keep your mouth healthy and teeth looking good, it is important to go to the dentist on a regular basis.
In truth, even if you follow a normal dental routine, that won’t stop issues such as chipping, tooth decay, or cracking from happening. When you experience any chipping, cracking, or decay, you should hightail it to the dentist right away. Of course, you can easily prevent any of those things from happening by going to the dentist in the first place.
If you’re not exactly convinced yet, here’s a list of why it’s crucial (and beneficial) to go to the dentist for a checkup every six months:
1. Fewer cavities – Seeing your dentist every six months will lead to fewer cavities. Before you ever see the dentist your hygienist will remove the plaque from your teeth. This whitish film that forms on top of your teeth can lead to tooth decay. Why? It eats away at the enamel on your teeth. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing but your hygienist will definitely get into the nooks and crannies of your mouth during your dental cleaning. Plus, freshly cleaned and polished teeth just feel good.
2. You’ll keep your teeth – When plaque is left on your teeth it can lead to gum disease, which is a major cause of tooth loss. When gum disease advances, the plaque that’s left on your teeth can destroy the bone of your jaw. At this point, your teeth will loosen and fall out. The chances of you developing this unpleasant disease are greatly reduced with regular cleanings and excellent oral hygiene care.
3. Pearly whites – We do a lot of things that end up staining our teeth. Drinking coffee, tea, or wine is a major cause of tooth stains for adults. Regular dental cleanings can remove any built-up stains on your teeth and, as a result, you’ll see a brighter, whiter smile in the mirror.
4. So fresh – Poor oral care leads to bad breath. Even when you brush and floss regularly, having your routine dental cleaning is a more effective way of keeping your mouth healthy and odor-free.
5. Stacks of cash – To be frank, most dental plans have low copayments or insurance fees for routine dental cleanings and exams. Taking advantage of your dental benefits now is by far cheaper than having to come in for cavity fillings or gum disease treatments later. In short: you’ll save money.
Are you ready for your next dental exam? Become a patient at Joyner Dental Arts today. We’re one of Eastern Iowa’s leaders in smile makeovers and we specialize in patient satisfaction. Schedule your appointment with doctor Deb Joyner today.