Are you delaying a trip to the dentist? Many people don’t visit their dentist as often as they should. An appointment every six months can reduce anxiety concerning dental treatments.
Regular appointments can help you detect dental issues early, so your treatments will be less invasive, less time-consuming, and less expensive. In addition, a healthy mouth is an indication of a healthy body, as gum disease is a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.
Dr. Charley Cheney, our expert at Complete Dental Arts, makes the argument that seeing the dentist twice a year has numerous benefits and is not as uncomfortable as it may seem.
1. Remove tartar and plaque
Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that sits on the surface of your teeth and feeds on the foods you eat. It’s the main cause of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
There are hundreds of types of bacteria in your mouth. Some of them ferment carbohydrates as a way to feed themselves. As a consequence, they create an acidic environment and cause inflammation, which damages teeth and gums. You can remove plaque by brushing and flossing regularly.
Over time, if you don’t remove this plaque, it will pick up minerals from your saliva. Eventually, it causes hard deposits on your teeth, and these can only be removed in a dental office.
However, you don’t have to wait to develop hardened plaque before you visit a dental office. Professional cleanings can remove plaque in hard-to-reach places and cleanse the teeth and gums in a way that’s impossible with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste.
By opting for regular cleanings, you tackle the biggest risk factor for most oral health conditions.
2. Keep your smile looking bright
Coffee, tea, and juices often leave stains on teeth. Depending on the state of your enamel, whether it’s strong or sensitive, our expert can recommend treatments that whiten your teeth.
For some, a professional cleaning may be enough, but others may benefit from dental whitening cleanings or even veneers.
3. Eliminate tooth sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is a consequence of damaged enamel, exposed tooth roots, cracked teeth, or gum disease. Fortunately, many treatments can tackle these issues and allow you to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or ice cream without fearing pain.
4. Detect oral cancer early
Oral cancer causes symptoms in the mouth, such as cold sores, loose teeth, white or red patches on the gums, and sores that won’t heal. A dentist can also detect pre-cancerous growths and stop the progression of the disease.
Learn more about your dental health
Regular check-ups every six months or so can help you detect dental issues before they become problematic and expensive to fix. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Newnan, Georgia, to get expert advice on your dental health.