A vital part of oral care that is often neglected is going to the dentist for a checkup. For some, this is due to a fear of dentists. For others, it is simply a matter of not seeing the check up as being important enough to squeeze into a busy schedule. Here are some benefits of regular dental checkups and some recommendations on how often you should schedule one.
What to Expect at Your Checkup
The best way to calm fears about going to the dentist is to know what to expect. A checkup will sometimes involve the use of x-rays to make sure that teeth are healthy. This allows the dentist to see damage that may not be visible on the surface. The other main purpose of a dental checkup is to receive dental prophylaxis. Don’t worry, that’s just a fancy way of saying that your teeth will be professionally cleaned. You will receive a much better cleaning along the gum line than you can get at home. Plus, you will have tartar from below the gum line removed which is virtually impossible at home.
The Benefits of a Profesional Cleaning
The biggest benefit that comes from dental prophylaxis is that tartar you can’t get to will be removed. This will keep your gums healthy and reduce the risk of gum disease and the complications that can result. It also produces positive cosmetic results. Some try white strips at home to bleach that tartar back to white, but your teeth will look much better with it entirely removed. You will also have better-smelling breath without that bacteria hiding below the gum line out of reach of your toothbrush. In addition, during the cleaning, your health care professional will be able to detect any health issues involving your teeth and gums. Early detection of disease is critical in protecting your teeth and gums.
How Often Should You Get a Cleaning?
Dental professionals recommend a visit every six months. This, however, is for healthy patients. If you suffer from gingivitis, periodontal disease, or other tooth and gum conditions, your dentist may recommend moving your visits up to every 2-4 months. If your dentist recommends this, take it seriously. It’s not a scam to get money from your health insurance. Your dentist will only ask you to come back more regularly if your mouth requires extra care to maintain your oral health.