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4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

A woman showing off her recently cleaned teeth while sitting in the dentist's chair.

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Why is it so important to go to your routine dental checkups? We are here to share a few reasons with you!

Why do you need to see the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may be aware of. After reading this, you will definitely want to get your next appointment scheduled!

  1. Keeping bacteria at bay

    Why will postponing the removal of plaque have a negative effect on your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is almost impossible to get rid of it during your daily oral care routine, which is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is almost impossible to remove with your personal brushing and flossing routine. It can result in various oral infections if you let it build up. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup cannot be properly managed.

  2. Overall health

    There has been extensive research done when it comes to the connection between oral health and other health problems. There have been links found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How is this possible? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral manifestations. During your six-month dental checkups, your dentist can help find these manifestations if they are there. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key link in discovering other health issues you may be unaware of.

  3. Catch problems before they grow

    Dentists have the knowledge and expertise to catch oral health issues early on in their development. People often believe that cavities are easy to detect because they present themselves with severe pain. This isn’t always true; cavities can be painless. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught before they become worse and result in more prolonged treatment.

  4. Don’t forget your gums

    Keeping your gums in top health is very important to your overall oral health. It can be difficult to keep up with if you have no background in dentistry. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is too deep, you may have gum disease. Simple checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will benefit your health and save you money in the long run!

We hope you all see that your routine dental exams and cleanings are extremely important in maintaining your health. If you choose to postpone or cancel these visits, you risk developing problems that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to be happy about!