We all know that it’s important to see the dentist, but have you ever wondered why it has to be twice a year? Dr. Michelle Sandler, of La Costa dental practice Solana Family Dental, clarifies in this article. Many people go years without visiting the dentist, because once every six months can feel unnecessary. Modern life is so busy already, and fitting in one extra to-do on the list can feel impossible sometimes. But this is one regular appointment that you can’t afford to miss.
The first reason is simple – your teeth need to be professionally cleaned. This is true even if you are sure to brush and floss twice a day, every day. Regular brushing and flossing remove most food particles and bacteria, but there will always be some that can only be accessed by a professional. The particles that are deeply embedded below the gumline or in crevices of the teeth can be the most dangerous to your oral health, so it’s imperative that you have your teeth cleaned regularly.
The next reason is all about early prevention. Your dentist in the La Jolla and Solana Beach area, Dr. Sandler, explains that six months is the right time frame to keep track of any changes in your oral health. She can notice problems like cavities and worn down enamel early enough to correct them and prevent further damage to your teeth. She will also be able to see if any teeth are growing in crooked or too close together. This is especially important for children and teens who are still growing their complete set of permanent adult teeth and wisdom teeth.
Maintenance is an important part of dental care for many people. Invisalign patients need new aligners and progress checks at regular intervals, while denture patients need repairs and adjustments. Patients with veneers and crowns need these checked and kept in good condition as well. It is important that you follow your dentist’s instructions on how to best care for your teeth after any of these services, and schedule appointments per the schedule they advise.
Sometimes a visit to the dentist is the only preventative health care that a person will engage in all year. Dental problems tend to be more immediately obvious and hard to ignore, and the aforementioned dentures or Invisaligns require that patients see their dentist regularly. This explains why some people see their dentist for regular visits much more often than they see their doctor for regular checkups. Your Carlsbad area dentist says that this allows her and her colleagues to notice other health issues that may be of concern. High blood pressure, gum disease, damage due to smoking, etc., may all indicate a need to see a doctor.
So, the next time you get a postcard or text message from your dentist, take note of the message. They’re probably reminding you that it’s time to come in for your cleaning and checkup. Book your appointments in advance, so all you have to do is show up!