Thanks to advances in dental treatments, people can keep their biological teeth for a lifetime. However, if you want to do so, it’s important to take steps to protect your oral health. Preventive dentistry, including semiannual dental checkups, will help to preserve a beautiful smile.
When you see the dentist every six months, your teeth get a thorough cleaning by a dental hygienist, which clears away any bacteria that have built up despite your best efforts to keep them at bay by brushing and flossing daily.
Although you may be diligent about your personal dental hygiene, it can still be difficult, if not impossible, to clear away all of the bacteria from your teeth. If you’re a little less than conscientious about your home oral hygiene routine, you have an even greater risk of accumulating plaque and tartar. With their specialized instruments, dental hygienists can clear these substances from the teeth— especially along the gumline, where they an do the most damage.
Furthermore, having your teeth examined at relatively short intervals gives your dentist ample opportunity to identify signs and symptoms of oral diseases in their earliest stages, when they do the least damage.
For example, in a six-month time period, a new cavity will probably still be small enough to be treated conservatively. However, if you put off dental treatment for a lengthy period of time, the cavity may become so large that it warrants a crown or even extraction.
When gum disease isn’t treated promptly, it can also have serious consequences for the smile.
Advanced gum disease can contribute to tooth and bone loss. Fortunately gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, often responds to a thorough professional cleaning, like the one patients get at their routine appointments.
Patients who have good, ongoing relationships with their dentists are more likely to maintain their oral health and sport beautiful smiles throughout their lives. If you’ve gotten off-track with your preventive dentistry, schedule an appointment with our skilled team for a dental check-up as soon as possible to get back on the right path.