It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year or every six months. Why is this necessary to keep your mouth healthy? Well, routinely visiting your dentist allows for two main things: a professional cleaning and a thorough checkup. Both of which can save you time and money. Routine checkups and cleanings help to identify potential issues before they happen or treating them early enough that they are not substantial and expensive. Waiting to go to the dentist only when you have a severe toothache can be a costly and painful mistake.
The main objective of a professional cleaning is to remove any bacterial buildup, plaque, or tartar from your teeth and gums. During the cleaning, your dentist or hygienist may notice areas that you may be missing during your daily hygiene routine. They can give you advice and even walk you through techniques in the office to help improve your hygiene game. An added bonus for most professional cleanings is that your teeth can appear whiter afterwards. Who does not want a clean and sparkly smile?
Prevention and Early Treatment
Most big oral health problems can be prevented with early detection and treatment. At a routine checkup, your dentist is going to monitor any changes in your mouth and look for potential issues. Many regular checkups will also include a screening for oral cancer, which is easily treated when caught early and potentially deadly if left to progress. Issues like tooth decay and gum disease may start off innocently at first, but without treatment, they can lead to tooth loss and even health problems outside of your mouth, such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and more. Both gum disease and tooth decay are not easily detectable in their early stages. While your dentist will look for those early signs in a routine checkup, you may miss them. Even an early cavity does not cause pain until it has reached the inside of the tooth. If you wait until you notice something like a toothache or bleeding gums, it may be too late for early treatment.
When was your last checkup?
Routine cleanings and checkups are the cornerstone of a healthy mouth. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.