You may be familiar with the recommendation to visit the dentist twice per year. During the routine dental visits that happen every six months you receive a number of services. However, it can be easy to forget about those appointments because they happen so infrequently. Or, you may decide to skip out on an appointment because you have other commits and forget to reschedule. Do you really need to make the time to go to routine dental appointments? If they only happen twice per year, do they really matter? The reality is that making it to those routine dental visits does matter. There are several things that you risk if you are not willing to make time for the dentist.
Decay is one of the biggest threats to your teeth. Once decay begins it is a progressive process – it’s going to continue until you take some type of action. Your dentist can often identify areas of decay before they start causing pain or showing obvious visible signs. Small areas of decay can be identified during your routine dental visits. Treating a small area of decay is relatively quick and easy. However, if that decay is allowed to progress it can lead to the need for more invasive interventions and potentially tooth loss. Making time for the dentist can help you avoid many of the serious issues associated with decay.
Gum disease is a common issue that can lead to some serious consequences. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is very treatable if you catch it early. The dentist looks for signs of gum disease during your routine appointments. If gum disease is allowed to progress it can turn into a more serious form called periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to pain, receding gums, and tooth loss in severe cases. If you make time for the dentist and catch gum disease in the early stages you can address it with a few simple changes to your oral care routine.
Your teeth can become discolored with surface stains from food and drink. In addition, plaque can build up on your teeth causing them to look dull and discolored. When plaque remains on your teeth it will harden into tartar which can also cause discoloration. Each of these elements can be addressed if you visit the dentist regularly. The thorough cleaning you receive at routine visits can remove layers of surface stains, plaque, and tartar. And, if your teeth are badly stained you can discuss other options such as in-office whitening or porcelain veneers.
You risk the health of your teeth and gums when you do not make time for the dentist. Making the time for routine dental care can help you maintain your oral health and keep your teeth looking good. If you are ready to start making time for the dentist, take the first step and schedule your next preventative dental visit.