When was the last time you visited your general practitioner, in other words, your family doctor? Many insurance companies now require annual physicals, to help ensure their patients are healthy, but also so that the patients will be properly informed about any potential health risks they might be facing. Unfortunately, not all patients receive the same important reminders to go in for a dental checkup. This can lead to long lapses between preventive visits, allowing pesky dental problems such as cavities and even gum disease to develop. To avoid these and other oral health risks, it is best to see the dentist for routine preventive care, in much the same way you visit your doctor. Only when it comes to your smile, most dentists agree that you need to be visiting at least twice a year for both a checkup and a cleaning!
Cavities Are Incredibly Common, But Could They Be Prevented?
Did you know that nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will struggle with dental cavities, yet these (and many other dental problems) are avoidable with proper preventive care? While good hygiene practices at-home can cut down on the risk of cavities, they are not sufficient to eliminate the need for regular (generally bi-annual) professional dental cleanings. That is because only a dentist can help remove plaque bacteria once it has calcified onto the surface of the teeth. The longer this tartar buildup remains on the teeth, the more likely you are to develop cavities, and other problems.