Sure you know you are supposed to schedule regular dental checkups, but have you neglected those in years past, believing you only really need to visit the dentist if you notice a problem? Many people postpone or eliminate preventive dental visits, thinking that if their teeth look and feel healthy, that is all that matters. Unfortunately without regular preventive care most people will experience dental issues, such as cavities. In fact, cavities are the most common dental problem, by far. So, even if you think your smile is in excellent health, it is in your best interest to commit to scheduling six-months dental checkups. This provides your dentist an opportunity to both clean your teeth, and to address any burgeoning issues promptly and effectively.
How Dental Problems Often Develop
Dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, can help keep your teeth healthy. But they are often not enough to completely prevent plaque from building up on the teeth, which can lead to cavities, gum disease and other dental problems. Because plaque can create an acidic environment, it can first wear down the enamel of the teeth, and then eventually lead to an infection of the tooth. It can also lead to gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, known for creating inflamed and even bleeding gums.
Since plaque that has calcified onto the teeth can only be removed through a professional cleaning, it is crucial that you visit your dentist after it has already developed, to prevent it from causing problems for both your teeth and gums.
And if you do discover that you have a cavity, ask your dentist if a tooth-colored filling or a porcelain crown is needed to protect it from further damage.