It is the beginning of a new year, and there are a lot of things on your to-do list. One of the appointments you should not put off making is your dental exam and cleaning. If you haven’t had a dental exam and cleaning in the last six months, it is important to schedule one as soon as possible. Here’s why.
Frequency of Dental Visits
You should have a complete dental exam and dental cleaning twice per year, about six months apart. Studies show that patients who keep up with routine dental exams and cleanings spend less time in the dentist’s chair overall throughout the year. You will actually have fewer visits and less dental work if you follow through with these basic appointments.
There has been a big push in the last decade to move toward preventive medicine, in which medical conditions are caught and diagnosed early, and potentially headed off entirely. Dental care is no different than your medical health. When you see your dentist regularly, they are able to help you improve your dental hygiene and take on lifestyle changes that will prevent your teeth from decaying and gum disease. Professional dental cleanings also prevent future dental work.
Often by the time you feel dental pain, your teeth are already in a state of decay. When you see your dentist on a regular basis, they can catch tooth decay in its beginning stages. This means that treatment is less severe, less costly, and easier to recover from. If you put off dental work until the pain becomes unbearable, you are more likely to lose the tooth.
If you haven’t had your dental exam and cleaning yet this January, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.