Visiting the dentist regularly – at least twice per year – is a common recommendation. In fact, you may have been seeing a dentist two times each year since childhood. Sometimes we continue doing things simply because it is the way we’ve always done them. Other times, however, we decide to stop and question the ‘why’ behind some of our long-held beliefs. If you are in a place where you are wondering why visiting the dentist regularly is so important, we have some answers for you.
Your oral health and physical health are linked
The condition of your oral health is linked to the condition of your physical health. Caring for your oral health is an important way for you to care for your physical health as well. For example, advanced gum disease and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are linked. Visiting the dentist regularly in order to care for your gum health can help you protect your overall health as well.
There are some elements of oral care you cannot handle on your own
Another reason visiting the dentist regularly is important is because there are some elements of oral care that you cannot handle on your own. Brushing and flossing regularly will go a long way toward protecting you from common oral problems. However, even the most diligent brushers and flossers will miss things from time to time. Plaque and tartar can build up between your teeth and at the gum-line because these areas are difficult to reach. If you develop tartar on your teeth it is something that requires the help of a professional. Tartar is hard and cannot be removed with brushing alone. It can only be removed by scraping it off. Visiting the dentist regularly will allow you to get help with the elements of your oral care that you simply cannot handle on your own.
Many oral issues can be easily fixed when caught early
There are a number of oral issues that can be easily fixed when caught early. For example, the earliest stage of gum disease – gingivitis – can usually be treated and reversed by improving your daily oral care routine. Decay that is just starting can typically be fixed with a small filling. On the other hand, allowing gum disease to advance or decay to spread can necessitate extensive dental work. Visiting the dentist regularly gives you the opportunity to deal with problems when they are small and easily corrected.
Visiting the dentist regularly is so important because it protects your gums, teeth, oral health, and overall health. The cleaning you get at each one of your preventative appointments can eliminate plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. The imaging and examinations involved in routine dental care help identify problems early so you can choose a minimally invasive treatment option. The value that you receive from going to the dentist regularly far outweighs any potential inconvenience that making it to the appointments may pose.