It’s tempting to think that as long as you remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at bedtime, you don’t need to visit the dentist regularly. But the truth is that routine visits to the dentist twice each year are crucial to maintain oral health.
Many dental problems can be lurking without you even knowing about it. Gum disease, for example, often starts with no signs at all. By the time you start noticing symptoms, it might mean gum disease has taken hold. Regular checkups and cleans mean early intervention on potential problems.
3 Reasons for Twice-Yearly Dental Appointments
1. To Keep Your Smile Bright, Clean, and Healthy
Even if you are diligent about daily brushing and flossing, it’s impossible to remove all the plaque that builds up on your teeth with a toothbrush and dental floss. Eventually, this plaque hardens into tartar, which can only be removed using special dental instruments. After one of our hygienists removes the tartar from your teeth, they will be polished to remove surface stains.
We will also examine the health of your gums at routine checkups to ensure there are no signs of periodontal disease.
2. To Minimise the Need for Extensive Treatments
When we examine your mouth regularly, we can detect problems early, while they are less invasive to treat (and easier on tight family budgets). A small spot of tooth decay that could have been treated with a dental filling can become a tooth that needs endodontic care if it goes undetected.
3. To Screen for Oral Issues and Health Conditions
At your twice-yearly checkups, we will screen for oral cancer, TMJ disorders, and occlusal anomalies. Often it is your dentist who views the inside of your mouth more than any other health professional, and it is crucial to detect these conditions earlier rather than later.
To learn more about preventive dental care in Hampton, VIC, or to book an appointment with a dentist for a checkup and clean, we invite you to call our clinic. We look forward to meeting you.