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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

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Staying on top of your dental health is essential for various reasons. We are excited to share a few of them with you!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

You may be wondering why it is necessary to go to the dentist every six months. There are countless more benefits of maintaining your dental health routine than you realize, and we are here to share just a few of them. After reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment on the calendar!

Overall health

There has been in-depth research done regarding the connection between dental health and health issues in other parts of the body. Most people do not know that there have been links discovered between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How does this happen? Many of these conditions begin with oral manifestations. During your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key link to the detection of other issues you may be unaware of.

Catch problems before they grow at your 6-month checkup

Dentists are trained and educated to catch oral health issues early on. People tend to believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always true. In some cases, you may not be able to feel your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist routinely, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they become worse and result in more prolonged, expensive treatment.

Keeping bacteria at bay

What is plaque, and why is avoiding its removal bad for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is almost impossible to get rid of it during your daily brushing routine, so that is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque sticks to your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your at-home oral care routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in oral infection. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be close to impossible to stay on top of.

Don’t forget your gums

The health of your gums is an important part of your overall oral health and something challenging to keep up with if you have no dental knowledge. During your routine checkup, your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but you will be thankful for them later on!

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you all can gather that your biyearly dental exams and cleanings are critical to maintaining your oral health. If you choose to skip or postpone these exams, you risk developing oral health issues that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental appointments are something to be happy about! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.