Dental check-ups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. Getting two check-ups per year with your dentist will protect your beautiful smile, as well as the health of your entire mouth.
During a dental check-up, your dentist will first examine your teeth and gums to evaluate your oral health. Then, they’ll perform a cleaning to get rid of accumulated plaque and tartar. During your appointment, you’ll also get the chance to ask your dentist questions about your teeth, gums, or elective dental treatments that you’re considering, such as teeth whitening.
The main reasons to attend your regular dental check-ups are:
To Prevent Damage From Plaque and Tartar
When the bacteria in your mouth mingle with sugars and starches from the food that you eat, it creates an ideal environment for plaque development. If plaque remains on the teeth for too long, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. The bacteria in plaque can generate acids, which may lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth enamel damage.
Dental check-ups every six months will keep plaque and tartar in check, which will keep your teeth healthy and prevent a range of dental issues.
To Identify Oral Health Issues Early On
During regular check-ups, your dentist can identify oral health issues that you may not be able to recognize on your own. For example, many patients don’t notice cavities until they’re severe, and mouth cancer can develop without the patient realizing it. Additionally, gum disease often has no symptoms in its early stages. By attending your biannual dental check-ups, you’ll ensure that any problems in your mouth are detected by your dentist and can be treated as soon as possible. This will prevent the problems from progressing and eventually requiring more extensive treatment.
To Protect Your Gums
Almost half of adults over the age of 30 have signs of gum disease. Also called periodontitis, gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in the U.S. Regular dental check-ups prevent gum disease by removing plaque and tartar that can irritate your gums. Additionally, if your dentist notices signs of gum disease, they can help restore the health of your gums by advising you on better oral habits and recommending treatments as needed.
To schedule your next dental check-up, contact Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry today!