If your teeth feel like they’re in good health and you don’t see any problems when you look in the mirror, it might not seem like you have to go to the dentist every six months. But here’s the thing:
There are so many benefits to going!
The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist every six months because regular visits are essential for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. If you’re following good oral hygiene practices in between visits, you have less to worry about.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of seeing your dentist on a regular basis.
1. They clean your teeth!
Everyone loves the feeling of freshly cleaned teeth. Personally, we live for that moment when you can run your tongue over your clean pearly whites and know you look fabulous!
At your routine check-up, your hygienist will polish and floss your teeth, which removes all that nasty plaque and tartar that have built up. If you’re curious, the jargon-y term for this process is “scaling.” Then, your dentist will see you, which leads us to the next benefit!
2. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums
The next part of your check-up consists of your dentist visiting you. During this time, your dentist will look at the condition of your teeth and gums and look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other potential problems. With any health concern, it’s better to catch it sooner rather than later, so seeing your dentist on a regular basis can prevent things from becoming a major issue.
3. It prevents gum disease
Your dental check-ups are about more than cleaning your teeth and looking for tooth decay – they’re also about looking for signs of gum disease. If it’s been a while since your last visit, and plaque and tartar have built up, gum disease could become a threat. Your dentist knows what to look for and can recommend the steps that need to be taken if there are signs of disease.
If your dentist spots signs of gum disease it’s not the end of the world. He or she will make recommendations for treatment and give you instructions regarding what to do next.
4. You can ask questions
Have you had a toothache recently? Are you interested in whitening your smile? Checking in with your dentist twice a year gives you the chance to ask the questions that have been sitting on your mind. After all, you’re there anyway, so why not ask your questions?
5. Your dentist has your best interest in mind
Assuming you go to an experienced, licensed dental professional, he or she simply wants to make sure you’re taken care of. No one can force you into doing anything you don’t want to do at the dentist’s office, so there’s nothing to be afraid of. If you have concerns about an upcoming visit, procedure, or are just plain nervous, let your dentist know so he or she can explain things as they go.
6. Preventative care keeps you healthy
Proper oral health is about more than keeping your teeth and gums healthy – it’s about keeping you healthy with preventative care. You can’t expect your car to run if you never fill it with gas or change the oil. The same goes for our health. If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, disease and other conditions can develop that throw off your overall wellness.
At Joyner Dental Arts, our team takes pride in helping you maintain a beautiful smile. Whether you’re in need of a routine dental exam, or you’re ready for a whitening treatment, we’d be happy to work with you. Give us a call today at 319-377-6504 to schedule your appointment.