Some patients may underestimate the importance of seeing their dentist every six months, but this routine care is essential for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. Here is an overview of some important facts about dental check-ups.
Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily, you still need to get professional cleanings at least every six months. A diligent oral hygiene routine still can leave behind residual plaque and bacteria, especially in areas that it’s hard for you to reach, like the rear molars or along the gum line behind your teeth. A hygienist will have better angles to clear away any plaque or tartar that has accumulated in these areas.
Regular monitoring for oral diseases may help you avoid invasive interventions. In most cases, issues like tooth decay and gum disease can be treated with non-invasive approaches in their earliest stages. So, if your teeth and gums are being checked for problems every six months, it’s much less likely that you’ll need an extensive treatment to address the issue.
Your semi-annual check-up can even be life-saving. Your dentist will monitor your mouth for signs of oral cancer, like lumps or sores that won’t heal. When detected early, oral cancer has a good prognosis, but the outlook is much worse if it has spread to surrounding tissues outside of the oral cavity.
Getting routine care on a regular basis can benefit you if you ever experience a dental emergency. When you’re established with a practice, it can be easier to schedule emergency appointments than if you don’t have a dentist you see regularly.
You should not experience significant discomfort during a routine check-up and cleaning. Unfortunately, dental anxiety keeps too many patients from accessing the care they need, and their fear often centers on having a painful experience. With a routine cleaning and exam, you should experience minimal discomfort. If you do have fear about these procedures, tell the staff so that they can take steps to improve your comfort.
Your semi-annual check-ups are tremendously valuable for protecting your oral health. If it’s been more than six months since you’ve been in Dr. Logan’s office, call to schedule an appointment and get back on track.