Everyone has a busy schedule today, and it’s easy to let those bi-annual dental appointments just slip through the cracks. After all, you have pressing deadlines, urgent appointments, and plenty of responsibilities on your plate. However, getting to those routine dental cleanings and checkups is an essential part of keeping your oral and overall health in good shape. If you’re thinking about canceling your next bi-annual cleaning, here are a few things to keep in mind before you do.
The Importance of That Appointment
Most people produce enough tartar on their teeth within six months to need a good cleaning by an experienced dental hygienist. Even if you’re sticking with good oral hygiene habits, regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, it’s tough to remove tartar with a toothbrush. Maybe you don’t have any other oral health issues, but it’s still important to make sure you’re coming in for that cleaning twice a year to keep that tartar in check. Fail to have that tartar buildup removed from teeth and your likelihood of developing cavities goes way up.
What Happens During Your Bi-Annual Visit
When you come in for your routine bi-annual visit, you’ll have both a dental cleaning and a dental checkup. Both are very important. During the checkup part of the visit, a dentist will take a look at your teeth, checking for tartar buildup and the presence of any cavities.
The spaces between the gums and teeth will be checked to ensure your gums aren’t receding and your gums will be checked for gum disease as well. Your routine checkup should also include an examination of the neck, throat, tongue, and cheeks as well to make sure that your entire oral cavity is in good shape.
After the checkup, you’ll have that bi-annual dental cleaning. It involves scaling, which is a process in which a dental hygienist uses ultrasonic tools or hand tools to remove the tartar from your teeth. After tartar has been removed, your teeth will be polished and then flossed. You’ll leave with a mouth that feels fresh and a smile that looks great.
What Oral Health Issues Are Dentists Looking For?
When you have those regular visits and cleanings, your dentist is looking for some specific oral health issues. Not only do they look for signs of gum disease, cavities, tartar buildup, tooth decay, and plaque, but the condition of the oral cavity can alert your dentist to many other health problems you may not be aware of.
Your dentist can spot signs of other health conditions, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, oral cancer, acid reflux, and heart disease. Loose teeth and a receding gum line may indicate osteoporosis. Bacterial infections could mean you may have diabetes. Small signs of oral cancer may not be noticed by you, but your dentist can detect the signs early. Enamel erosion along the back molars could be a sign you’re dealing with acid reflux. Your dentist can be very helpful in helping you discover other health problems before they become severe, so these routine appointments are not only important for your oral health but also your overall health.
If you have any questions about your oral health, these bi-annual cleanings and checkups are the perfect time to bring them up. Dental professionals can help you choose products and adopt habits that can improve your oral health in the future. While home oral care and a healthy diet are definitely an important part of caring for your oral health, you still need these important visits twice a year to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
There’s nothing like walking out of the dentist with a squeaky clean smile and bright, attractive teeth. You look better and you feel better after having that routine dental cleaning. You’re also less likely to deal with any severe oral health problems if you keep up with your bi-annual cleanings and examinations. Make sure you’re taking care of your teeth and your overall health and make some time to get into the dental office today. You can call our office and we’ll work with your schedule to make sure you can fit in that bi-annual cleaning this year.