Many people know that it is recommended to get a dental check-up every six months. It’s also fairly known that many people skip this.
There’s Nothing Wrong, So Why Do I Need a Check-up?
The common misconception is that if nothing seems wrong with your mouth or any of your teeth, then there’s no reason to go to the dentist. In actuality there’s a lot going on in your mouth, and within your teeth that you have no way of knowing about.
That’s why having an exam every six months is so important. By staying ahead of any problems, you’re likely to have fewer problems in the future.
With X-rays, and regular cleanings and exams, we can catch problems in the early stages. This is crucial to minimizing your need for more intensive dental treatment later on. A very small problem, such as a tiny unseen cavity, can quickly turn into a larger one. By skipping regularly scheduled exams, you run the risk of amassing more severe damage, such as the need for a root canal, or the loss of a tooth.
Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
Taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums isn’t all there is to your oral health. Your oral health affects your whole body, and that’s why it is so important to take good care of your mouth. Regularly scheduled dental exams make it easier to keep track of, and ensure your overall health and wellness.
Regular brushing and flossing is imperative of course, but when plaque builds up and becomes tartar, a professional cleaning is necessary to remove it. Tartar build-up can become a more serious issue, such as gingivitis. This may cause swelling and gums that bleed easily.
This is where it becomes a bigger concern and danger, because bacteria can enter into your bloodstream, and potentially cause larger health issues.
There is a saying in the dental field-“the best dentistry is the least dentistry”. There are ways to minimize your need for intensive dental treatments.
Staying hydrated is important for your whole body, but it can benefit your mouth too. Drinking water can lessen the effects of sticky or acidic foods.
Flossing is just as important as brushing. The build-up of tartar and plaque between your teeth can cause problems. If you have trouble flossing, or find it painful, consult with your dentist at your next check-up.
Quitting smoking is one of the absolute best things you can do for yourself. Smoking affects your lungs and heart, and it affects your oral health as well. Not only does it cause bad breath and discolored teeth, it can hinder your mouths ability to heal, and is associated with gum disease. If you smoke, the sooner you quit, the sooner you can start improving the quality of your oral health, and your overall health.
Most importantly, see a dentist for a cleaning and exam every six months.
Smiles Dental Care is currently offering a new patient special. We will conduct X-rays, cleaning and an exam for 149 dollars. If you have insurance that covers this exam, we will offer you a free Sonicare Electric Toothbriush.
The holidays are over, and spring is on the way. There’s no better time to take advantage of this offer, and get on the road to a healthier, happier, brighter smiling you!
Contact us today, and let us help you improve your oral health here in our Mountain View office.