We all know how hard it can be to find time in your busy schedule for a dentist appointment every six months. However, visiting your dentist regularly is so important! So if you need a little extra motivation, consider these five reasons to schedule your appointment right away.
Prevent Gum Disease
Did you know that 75% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease? It is such a pervasive oral health issue, yet people often don’t even realize they have it! The symptoms for gum disease aren’t often obvious, but the effects of this disease can be severe if left untreated. Gum disease has been linked to heart and respiratory issues, stroke, and even complications with pregnancy. Luckily, gum disease is easily preventable and, if caught early, can be treated! By booking your biannual appointment with the dentist, you can ensure that your gums are in good health and stay that way for years to come.
Remove Tartar Buildup
We hear the words “plaque and tartar buildup” often, but what exactly does it mean? For starters, plaque is a colorless substance made up of bacteria in our mouths. Everyone has it, but luckily it is easily removed with a solid brushing and flossing routine. However, if we miss a few spots and the plaque becomes calcified, it turns into tartar. Unfortunately for us, tartar can have a negative impact on our oral health, particularly because it can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis. It’s also quite visible and looks like a brown or yellowish deposit along your gum line. But, here’s the kicker: tartar cannot be removed with a toothbrush, and can only be removed by a professional. During your biannual appointment, your dental hygienist will remove any tartar buildup to ensure it doesn’t have a negative impact on your oral health.
Save Money Over Time
Being proactive about your health is always a good idea, particularly because it can save you money in the long run! By catching oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay in its earliest stages, you are much less likely to need expensive dental work such as gum grafts, tooth extractions, root canals, and more. By making a dentist appointment every six months, you can get the preventative care you need to stay in good health and keep your money in the bank!
Fight Tooth Decay
When left on your teeth, plaque can create acids that slowly wear down your dental enamel. Unfortunately, if dental decay gets too severe, and can be quite painful and costly—possibly even requiring a crown or a root canal procedure. However, with regular visits to your dentist, you can catch decay in its earliest stages, where the problem area may only require a filling or a simple mouth rinse to remedy the issue. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can save yourself from painful decay and even tooth loss!
Improve Your Smile
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful smile to boost your confidence! After a professional cleaning, your smile will look and feel great. You can also get a number of treatments to brighten your teeth, such as a professional whitening treatment. If you have any complaints about your smile, such as misalignment, discoloration, or malformed teeth, discuss it with your dentist! You may be happy to discover that there are cosmetic and restorative treatments that can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Is it time to go in for your biannual check-up? Call TruBlu Dentistry today to schedule your appointment!