When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it has been years, is it because of busyness, financial constraints, or due to dental anxiety? Regardless of the reason, there are many compelling advantages to seeking regular dental care. That’s because preventive care, like regular dental checkups, is one of the simplest and best investments you can make in your smile. Combined with great daily dental hygiene, checkups can help prevent severe oral health issues that can require extensive and expensive treatment. So, if you want to keep enjoying the function of your teeth and gums, as well as your smile’s appearance, for many years to come, 2016 is a year to make dental visits a priority!
Why Are Checkups So Important?
Many people wrongfully believe, or simply hope, that regular dental hygiene can prevent the need for dental visits. However, for the vast majority of patients, regular dental checkups are crucial to maintaining oral health, and that is largely because of plaque.
Even regular brushing and flossing is often not enough to completely prevent plaque buildup, and once it has calcified onto the teeth it can only be removed through a professional cleaning. Failing to have the plaque build up removed promptly is what often leads to cavities and even gum disease, which has become the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. These are just a few of the compelling reasons most people need to visit the dentist at least twice a year to maintain healthy, much less beautiful, smiles.