October 4, 2017
It is often said that your oral health is the gateway to your general health as the two are linked to one another. To protect your overall well-being, you brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night. While this is important, it is only half of the care you need. You should also schedule a preventive appointment with your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Not only does this prevent complications with your oral and overall health, but it also leads to lower dental costs in the future.
Are You Visiting Your Dentist Regularly?
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone over the age of two visits their dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 84% of children and 64% of adults followed this advice last year.
Often, it is believed that you only need an appointment after a problem has developed, but this is not true. Routine appointments prevent dental complications from occurring in the first place. As a result, you reduce the need for a costly or invasive procedure in the future to minimize your long-term dental costs.
Why Do I Need to See the Dentist Twice a Year?
Even with the best brushing and flossing techniques, there are still areas in the mouth that you cannot clean at home, like below the gum line. If the plaque and tartar accumulations are not removed every six months, it causes gum disease to develop. It is estimated that 50% of adults have a form of the infection, which not only hurts your dental health, but your oral health as well.
Gum disease is directly linked to negatively impacting your general health, leading to serious complications like heart disease. In fact, the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry reports that those with the infection are three times as likely to have a stroke and twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack.
However, gum disease is not the only concern. Without regular care from your dentist, preventable issues like tooth decay can go undetected. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 26% of adults currently have untreated cavities. Without quick detection and treatment, a simple dental filling in no longer enough. Instead, a more invasive and expensive procedure is needed, like a root canal.
With a semi-annual checkup, your dentist can monitor your dental health for early diagnosis. This not only prevents complications from progressing, but also allows you to reduce your long-term dental costs.
Visit Your Dentist Today!
If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, stop placing your oral and overall health at risk. Schedule an appointment today for a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Michael Curtis
Dr. Michael Curtis is a well-respected dentist in the community, as well as an instructor and published author. He provides superior dental services to promote optimal oral health and well-being. If you have not had a preventive visit recently, contact Curtis Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.
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