Most people know that they should visit the dentist regularly, but the full reasoning is not always explained. Since many people have an understandable fear of visiting the dentist, it helps to know why it is important to go to the dentist on a regular basis. According to the American Dental Association, people should visit the dentist twice a year for a general cleaning and checkup. Some patients may require more frequent visits depending on their situation.
People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months. This high-risk group includes:
- People with current gum disease
- People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
- People who tend to get cavities or plaque easily
The main reason for visiting the dentist regularly is to maintain excellent oral health. During your visit, a dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth. Your dentist will use specialized equipment that is designed to remove plaque and tarter while cleaning all around the tooth. Your dental care providers will also offer tips and suggestions for keeping your teeth healthy and can address specific issues and suggest treatment plans if needed.
Most dental problems do not become painful or visible until they are highly advanced. Unfortunately, dental issues are usually irreversible. An extremely painful tooth will likely have to be drilled or extracted to cure the problem. By going to the dentist regularly, you can be proactive about your oral health with the help of x-rays and a physical examination. The dentist can identify areas of potential risk and head off major dental problems before they happen. A dentist can also identify the need for gum grafts, braces or other specific measures to protect the health of your mouth.
If you visit the dentist regularly, you will avoid high risk dental infections. Not only are cavities painful, they are also potentially very dangerous for you. Oral health directly affects your overall health. Tooth infections can spread to your bloodstream leading to septicemia. Early detection will save you pain, money and potentially serious health problems. If you choose not to visit your dentist regularly, you may also experience serious health problems down the road. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease. This allows potential problems to be treated at a manageable stage.
If you experience immense anxiety or stress when you go to the dentist, you may want to consider visiting a practice like Dental on Central that offers sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is safe and effective. Let us help you take out the stress and fear of a dental appointment. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get your family’s dental health on the right track!
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