Why You Should Visit The Dentist Twice A Year
Putting off seeing the dentist is a common practice for many people. However, did you know that regular dental examinations and cleanings are crucial to your oral health? From catching conditions early to preventing them from happening in the first place, there are many great reasons to visit your dentist twice a year.
The main reason dentists recommend visits twice a year is to prevent conditions like cavities and gum disease from moving forward from their early stages. Other reasons to see your dentist include:
- Plaque and tartar buildup: Plaque is a layer of bacteria which forms on your teeth. If allowed to remain on the teeth, the soft plaque hardens into decay-causing tartar. While plaque can be removed from your teeth by flossing regularly, tartar cannot. Even those most devoted to flossing might sometimes miss a hard-to-reach spot, allowing tartar buildup. Your dentist removes this buildup during a dental cleaning.
- Clean teeth: Not only are clean and healthy teeth important for your oral and general health, they keep your confidence high and instances of tooth pain low. A dental cleaning prevents tooth decay and gum disease by removing decay-causing factors from the equation completely. The polishing portion of your cleaning keeps your teeth shiny and beautiful.
- Gum disease prevention: Gum diseases like gingivitis leads to a more severe and harder-to-treat condition called periodontitis. If left untreated, gingivitis and periodontitis lead to severe decay and even tooth loss. These conditions also cause painful, bleeding and swollen gums which are very uncomfortable for the sufferer. While flossing regularly prevents these diseases from forming, untreated gum disease requires a periodontal treatment like root planing and scaling to reverse it.
- Cavity and decay treatment: Small cavities are much easier to treat than cavities which have progressed into the later stages of decay. Visiting your dentist regularly is the difference between a simple dental filling and the need for more aggressive treatment, like root canal therapy or even tooth extraction.
If you have broken or cracked teeth, tooth pain, bleeding or swollen gums or a swollen pocket on your gum tissue, you should see your dentist immediately for treatment. For more information on dental conditions and scheduling your appointment, please contact Dr. Michael Bowser, DMD at Bowser Dental Arts in York, PA. Call 717-846-9428 to speak with an associate about your next appointment today!