If you are like the majority of people, your life is busy. There is a seemingly endless list of things to get done and never enough time to do them all. It is easy to let things that only happen occasionally – such as preventative dental appointments – slip your mind and slip off of the calendar. If you brush and floss regularly, is it really that important to go to the dentist twice per year? Yes, it is important. And, the benefits of going to the dentist regularly will most likely save you time in the long-run.
Catch problems that are developing
The most important element of going to the dentist regularly is to catch problems that are developing. There are a number of oral issues that can be fixed quickly, inexpensively, and often painlessly if they are caught early. A great example of this is gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is characterized by swollen and inflamed gums. One of the first signs that people notice is bleeding gums when they brush or floss. When gingivitis is caught early it can often be reversed at home with an improvement in oral hygiene. If gingivitis is not caught early it will progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause your gums to recede and separate from your teeth. In severe cases it can lead to permanent tooth loss. Keeping up with your routine dental visits will allow your dentist to catch issues early and intervene so they do not progress.
Get a deep cleaning on your teeth
Going to the dentist regularly allows you to get a deep cleaning on your teeth. The cleaning you receive at the dentist includes having tartar scraped off of your teeth. That is the only way to successfully remove tartar. The tools and techniques that are used during a professional cleaning provide your teeth with a much more thorough cleaning than anything you can do on your own. It feels great to have your teeth cleaned at that level and it can help prevent problems from occurring. Removing tartar, plaque, and bacteria from your mouth will reduce your risk for gum disease, decay, and infection.
Receive an assessment of the quality of your current oral hygiene routine
At your routine dental visits you will receive an assessment of the quality of your current oral hygiene routine. The dentist and hygienist can assess the quality of your current oral hygiene routine during your appointment. They consider a number of factors including the current condition of your teeth and gums. If you listen to the recommendations of your dentist – and adjust your oral hygiene routine accordingly – you will enjoy better oral health now and in the future.
The benefits of going to the dentist regularly far outweigh the inconvenience of adding yet another appointment to your schedule. Ultimately, catching problems before they turn into decay or serious gum disease will help you avoid more appointments and procedures.