If you think back to your childhood, chances are you remember your parents telling you how important proper oral healthcare is. We are encouraged to get in the routine of brushing and flossing at least twice per day right from the get-go, which is something most of us carry with us into adulthood. There is a reason for this beyond your parents just trying to encourage good hygiene. By adopting smart oral health habits right from the start, you will be setting yourself up for success later down the road. Along with brushing, flossing, and taking care of your teeth, mouth, and gums, it is also important to visit the dentist on a regular basis. This is something else we encourage, as it will allow us to help you stay on top of any oral health problems that arise.
While many people dread going to the dentist, there really is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, taking a proactive approach to your oral health and visiting the dentist at least twice a year means you likely won’t be faced with any surprises during your next visit to the dentist. By making an appointment with Dr. Annette Van Natta every six months, you can ensure your teeth, mouth, and gums will be as healthy as possible and we will catch any problems early on. We believe in taking an open, communicative approach with each and every patient relationship, which is why we are considered one of Irving’s leading dental clinics.
With all this in mind, let’s go over a few additional reasons why it is so important to visit the dentist on a regular basis:
- Early Oral Cancer Detection – One of the top reasons it is so important to visit the dentist at least twice a year is because it will allow us to catch any signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is extremely serious and can manifest in different ways, making it difficult for people to diagnose without the expertise of an oral health care provider. If caught early on, oral cancer is easily treatable.
- To Catch Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities – Even people who brush and floss at least twice a day are at risk of plaque buildup and other problems. There are many areas in the mouth that are difficult to reach, which can allow plaque and tartar to form. In order to prevent any cavities from forming, be sure and see your local dentist every six months.
- To Prevent Gum Disease – Gum disease is one of the most common oral health care problems, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Gum disease is formed when tartar builds up and causes and infection where the gum is connected to the tooth. When this happens, the gum pulls away from the tooth. In some extreme cases, gum disease can begin to break down the teeth, leading to a painful situation.
- To Find Lesser Known Problems – One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to visiting the dentist every six months is that it’s not just about getting your teeth cleaned. During this regular checkup, your dentist will take x-ray images of your teeth and jaw bone, which will turn up any problems underneath the surface. They will also perform head, neck, and lymph node checks in order to look for any swelling, lumps, or abnormalities.
Whether you are young or old, have great oral hygiene or bad, it is important you visit your dentist twice a year. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Natta or have a question about what to expect when visiting our dental office, please do not hesitate to contact us today.