Most people know you’re supposed to go to the dentist every 6 months for a checkup. Whether the date for your next checkup is approaching and you’re getting cold feet, or it’s been way longer than 6 months since a dentist last saw you, understanding why dental checkups are so important puts things into perspective.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is more common than you think. More than 47% of the adult population in the US is suffering from some degree of gum disease! Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to get a good look at your gums. If there are signs of gum disease, they can provide a treatment plan to reverse it before it becomes more severe. Missing regular dental checkups will allow the gum disease to progress undetected until it might be too late to change.
Early Cancer Detection
Did you know that your dentist checks for oral cancer during your dental exam? It’s true! Many people don’t realize it because unless something of concern is seen, your dentist probably doesn’t mention it. Dentists are trained to identify the early warning signs of oral cancer. Identifying cancer early can mean the difference between successful and unsuccessful treatment. If your dentist sees a warning sign for oral cancer, they can refer you for further testing with a specialist.
No amount of brushing or flossing at home can compare to the deep cleaning during a dental checkup. Dentists have special tools and training to clean even the trickiest spots in your mouth. Getting a good deep clean every 6 months makes caring for your teeth at home even more accessible!
Your dentist can also apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth during the visit. This helps strengthen your teeth and protect against cavities until your next visit.
Early Intervention for Dental Issues
If your dentist sees any signs of tooth decay, white spots, or other dental issues during your visit, they can address them before they worsen. Some things can even be treated to avoid more dental work in the future. For instance, if your dentist identifies an area that’s likely to develop a cavity in the end, they can apply a sealant to strengthen the tooth’s surface and prevent the cavity.
Contact Us Today
The dental problems that can arise in the 6 months between dental checkups are a lot less severe than those that can happen if you go years between checkups. Contact Newton Dental Associates at (617) 965-0060 or via contact form today to schedule your dental checkup! Our team is ready to help you achieve a healthy smile you’re proud of. Maintain that smile for years to come with regular dental checkups!