Why Do I Need Dental Checkups Every Six Months?

teeth cleaning cypressRegular dental checkups are a vital part of maintaining your oral and dental health. Most dentists recommend a checkup about every six months. Typically, you’ll have a teeth cleaning as well as an examination and other tests and treatments if you’re due for them. Without these regular checkups, problems can develop and become serious because your dentist does not have a chance to diagnose them promptly.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Although your front line of defense against cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems is your everyday care, regular visits to your dentist are also very important. Your dentist will address important issues that could be developing with your teeth and will perform tests and screenings. Various screenings and procedures your dentist can supply include:

  • X-rays
  • Digital photographs
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealant
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Screening for gum disease

With X-rays and digital photographs, your dentist can often find dental decay in very early stages, when it can be easily treated. Your oral hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that could lead to eventual decay and gum disease. An evaluation of your gums can also determine if you have gingivitis or even more serious types of gum disease.

These screenings are an important way for you and your dentist to determine if you have problems developing. The earlier problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer are detected, the more promptly they can be treated. Regular visits to the dental chair can help prevent severe long-term problems.

The Importance of Everyday Care

Your everyday oral care is also very important. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly and be sure to limit sweet, sticky foods that can cause tooth decay. Brushing and flossing removes food particles that can cling to your teeth and also helps stimulate your gums, which reduces the likelihood of gum disease.

To find out more about regular dental appointments, please contact our office at 281-256-6866 today.