Do I really need to go to the Dentist every 6 Months?
A smile can say a lot about a person. Whether we like it or not, people will often judge and classify who we are based on the appearance of our teeth. This is why we need to take every step necessary to make sure our pearly whites are always in top form. A perfect way to start doing this is by going to the Dentist twice a year.
Do I really need to see my Dentist twice a year?
The short answer is yes, you definitely should. During your routine dental visit, the Dentist will check your teeth for any possible signs of early tooth decay by using an explorer and dental radiographs. These can help detect tooth decay so it can be treated before it gets out of control.
We have seen numerous cases where patients will wait until a tooth starts hurting for them to come into the dental office. Sometimes they are lucky and all they require is a filling, but there have been multiple occasions where a patient ends up needing more invasive (and possibly expensive) work such as a root canal, crown or even an extraction. It's likely that if they had come in for their routine check ups twice a year, the tooth decay could have been prevented or caught early on and treated with a simple filling. Which is not only less invasive, but more economical than root canal, crown or extraction.
During your dental visit it's likely that you'll also get your teeth cleaned. A dental prophylaxis will help remove calculus (tartar) and plaque biofilm from your teeth. Having clean teeth can not only help prevent cavities, but also gum disease, as clean tooth surfaces are easier to clean and have less rough surfaces for bacteria to cling on to, live and thrive. Less bacteria means lower risk for tooth decay and gingivitis!
At the end of your cleaning your Dentist or Dental Hygienist can also provide a fluoride treatment. Fluoride can also help prevent tooth decay, check out our previous blog on Fluoride to see how it helps prevent tooth decay.
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