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Why you need to visit your Dentist every 6 months

By June 22, 2019 9 Comments
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Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The American Dental Association recommends a visit to the dentist at least once a year, but making an appointment once in six months prevents a host of oral related problems.

Prevention is the hallmark of modern dentistry. This can be done in many forms like encouraging patients to brush and floss, eating a healthy diet, use fluoridated toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc… In the dental office, prevention typically takes the form of a semi-annual examination and dental prophylaxis (or “prophy” if you want to use the cool lingo, which involves a professional cleaning of your teeth), known as “The Check Up” or a “Six Month Recall”.

The basic components of every 6 month visit consists of:

  • Reviewing and updating your dental and medical history
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Oral Cancer screening
  • Examination of teeth and gums to check for cavities or other infections.
  • Radiographic examination – digital x-rays are the standard of care. Routine x-rays do not pose a health risk to the patient. Research and science has demonstrated this. We show and explain to patients exactly what we see.
  • We also do some specialized examinations for patients with dentures or implants, retainers, Invisalign, night guards etc…
  • Oral prophylaxis: a full mouth professional cleaning followed by polishing of your teeth and some oral hygiene instructions.
  • During the appointment, the dentist will review all the findings and x-rays, make any necessary diagnoses and make recommendation for treatment.

Reasons why you should visit every 6 months:

  • PREVENT PLAQUE: Plaque is a sticky deposit that clings to your teeth and gum line and is full of harmful bacteria. When plaque builds up it causes discoloration of the teeth, tooth decay and gum problems. Visiting a dentist every six months can leave your teeth clean and healthy and prevent these complications.
  • PREVENT TOOTH DECAY: Dentists can quickly diagnose tooth decay. When the cavities are small, they are very easy to fix. By delaying your visit, smaller cavities will enlarge and eventually lead to Root Canal Treatment, Crowns and even loss of your teeth. This involves more treatment, chairside time, and costs.
  • STOP GUM DISEASE: Dentists can stop the first sign of gum disease before it becomes a serious complication. If left untreated it could cause pain, swelling, bone loss, shaky teeth, and eventually loss of teeth.
  • SAVE MONEY: Identifying oral problems early saves you more in costs associates with dental treatment in the long run. Regular care and maintenance of your teeth reduces the chances of you developing complicated conditions.
  • IMPROVE YOUR SMILE: We have a number of treatments available during your routine checkups that would whiten, brighten, straighten and clean your teeth to give you that million dollar smile!

Remember, prevention is better than cure!

Contact our dental clinic to learn exactly what happens during a biannual exam and how it can help your smile. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!

9 Comments

  • Ellie Davis says:

    It’s interesting to know that plaque without treatment can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. In my opinion, visiting your dentist is a must if you want to prevent these problems. I will contact a dentist for a checkup for me and my husband to prevent any dental problems in the future.

  • Thomas Peterson says:

    That was interesting that you mentioned dentists can help with blood pressure screening. I never knew that blood pressure was something that a dentist even looked into. Maybe when my checkup comes around I’ll have to ask my dentist about why it’s important for them to screen that.

    • Dental Lavelle says:

      We check blood pressure for all our patients, during their first visit and during every 6 month checkup. Any surgical procedure also warrants a screening prior to start. You’ll be amazed as to how many lives are saved by blood pressure screening that helps detecting undiagnosed hypertension that could have led to a significant health consequence. Checking blood pressure at your dentist’s office is the Standard of Care. Glad to have helped!

  • I’ve heard that when your breath stinks you might have an oral infection. I like how you mention it is recommended to visit the dentist at least once in six months for a check-up. Thank you for the information. I would recommend anyone with this issue to visit a dentist for a diagnose.

  • monika says:

    Thank you for sharing such a nice and informative blog and your knowledge with us. When plaque builds up it causes discoloration of the teeth, tooth decay and gum problems. Visiting a dentist every six months can leave your teeth clean and healthy and prevent these complications.

  • Mindy Jollie says:

    That’s a good point that visiting the dentist every six months prevents bigger problems that are more expensive. My husband really hates going to the dentist. I’ll have to make sure we find one that he’ll go to so we can avoid bigger issues.

  • Brean says:

    Perfect! Interesting to read, thank you!

  • Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned a dentist will be able to diagnose tooth decay and treat it properly. my husband and I are thinking about when will be a good time for visiting a dentist, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about the benefits of visiting a dentist every 6 months to prevent dental problems.

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