It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for a regular cleaning and exam. Many people hesitate to see a dentist every 6 months, but it could help deter a lot of future dental issues that could cost a lot of money, not to mention what poor oral hygiene does to your overall health.
Visiting your General Dentistry office will help you maintain proper oral health. Any issues that are found during these exams can quickly be addressed. That means the problem can be handled before it gets to the stage of needing an extensive procedure that cost a lot of money.
Your six month cleaning and exam should be looked at as a maintenance appointment. You have to change the oil in your car every 3000 miles, otherwise you may develop major engine problems, you see your physician every year for an overall health assessment, the same goes for your dental care. If you have a cavity when you come in for your six month appointment, then a filling may be all that is needed. However, if you did not visit your dentist within the six month period, it may need a root canal or extraction. These procedures can cost hundreds of dollars even with insurance.
At your cleaning a dental hygienist will remove any tartar that is built up on your teeth. Six months is the length of time that it takes for a large amount of tartar to build up, and need to be scraped off your teeth. This comes from saliva, medications, food, drinks, smoking etc. If this tartar is not addressed, it could cause dental caries. Even with proper brushing it is impossible to get all tartar and food particles away from our teeth and gums. Your dentist has the proper tools and experience to ensure that your teeth and gums are cleaned correctly and that the health of your teeth and gums are considered in any treatment.
Some individuals who suffer with ongoing health issues may need to see their dentist more often. This includes those who suffer with dry mouth, individuals who take certain medications and diabetics. These condition causes bacteria to build up, and that can damage teeth, gums and bones. If your diet includes a lot of sugary foods and drinks it is wise to reevaluate the intake amounts so that your 6 month visits are just for cleanings and not avoidable procedures. Your dentist is here to help you properly care for you teeth, and cut cost on future dental issues. Don’t avoid keeping the health of your teeth and gums a priority. Keep your smile and your confidence with proper dental hygiene.