Health is always a top priority for people, well most people at least. Most tend to see their doctor at least once a year and seem people frequent their doctors more often. But, when it comes to oral health and hygiene, people often fail to recognize how it also falls under the health category. Too many people neglect their teeth and skip dentist appointments. Did you know that you should see the dentist at least every six months? Those with conditions such as gum disease are even told to come in every 3-4 months. No matter what, your oral health is just as important as everything else, so everyone should make an effort to see their dentist regularly. Here are a few of the most common reasons people come to see their dentist!
One thing that keeps your oral health in check is regular cleanings. We know you probably brush your teeth two times or more a day; however, nothing beats the cleaning a professional can give. Sometimes the average person will miss a spot, or that hard to remove plaque will stubbornly slide its way close to your gums. You may find this concerning, but with a dental hygienist cleaning your teeth every few months, you can rest assured that those hard to clean spots are in good hands. Failing to see your dentist over a long period can result in an increased risk of gum disease. Plaque is a usual occurrence, but when it begins to build up, you may face some problems. You want to avoid plaque as much as you can, but your dentist can scrape off whatever you missed. But, if you don’t see a dentist regularly, your plaque will become tartar, which results in gum disease and a boatload of problems. Gum disease isn’t all you need to worry about, though. Failing to see your dentist can result in sensitive teeth, bad breath, and yellowing teeth.
The main reason, besides teeth cleaning, that we recommend going to the dentist is for preventative care. Your oral health, just like the rest of your body, can take turns for the worse. Sometimes it’s in the form of cavities, and other times it could be oral cancer. Just like anything else, catching a problem on the earlier side can prevent it from spreading, worsening, or doing harm to your mouth. When you skip dental visits for years, you have no real way of knowing what is going on with your oral health. There could be a problem festering that may have been preventable with minor treatment that now may require surgery.
During the dentist’s appointments, you aren’t just getting the cleaning done. You are also getting your entire mouth examined. Your dental hygienist carefully examines your mouth to check for any problems that may be going on. They also take a look at your teeth to let you know if anything has shifted or if wisdom teeth have started to grow in. The examinations may sound silly, but sometimes problems don’t have distinct symptoms or warning signs. It can take an expert’s eye to catch something irregular. But, when you skip your dentist appointments, you have no way of knowing what is going on with your mouth. You could have a tooth on the verge of falling out and have no idea. This situation becomes especially problematic when cavities are at bay. It doesn’t take long to fix a cavity, but when they continue to rot, it goes from a simple process to a root canal.
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If you care about your oral health and want to maintain it, it’s important to make sure you go to your dentist’s appointments regularly. The idea that oral health is separate from your general health is a myth. Oral health and oral hygiene is just as important and deserves just as much of your attention as anything else. Single Visit Dentistry can help you stay on top of your oral health and ahead of dental issues. Give us a call today or stop by our location in Pompano Beach, FL!