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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

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

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Keeping your oral health in top shape is extremely important, and we want to share a few of the reasons why!

You may be asking what the benefit of visiting the dentist every six months is. There are far more benefits of maintaining your oral health routine than you realize – here are just a few of them. Trust us, after reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment scheduled!

1. Overall health

There has been ample research done showing the association between oral health and health problems in other areas of the body. Many people are unaware that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How is this viable? Well, many of these conditions can be caught through or start with oral manifestations. When you have your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help find these manifestations. While this is not their main area of expertise, your dentist’s oral health proficiency can provide a key link to the detection of other health problems you may be unaware of.

2. Catch problems before they grow

Dentists are trained to find distinct oral health problems early-on. Many people believe that cavities are partnered with intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes, you may not be able to feel your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in more prolonged, pricy treatment.

3. Keeping bacteria at bay

What exactly is plaque, and how is avoiding its removal destructive to your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is very hard to completely get rid of during your at-home brushing routine, so that is why your six-month 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 home brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in different oral infections. Without our routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to handle.

4. Don’t forget your gums.

The health of your gums is an essential part of your overall oral health and something that is difficult to keep up with if you have no background in dentistry. 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. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for your long-term health!

Hopefully, you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are critical to keeping up with your health. If you choose to skip or postpone these appointments, 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!