Your Twice-Yearly Checkup and Cavity Prevention Plan
Seventy-five years ago, most Americans’ teeth were in bad shape. No guidelines existed at the time for taking care of oral health, and few people bothered with visiting a dentist. When they did see the dentist, it was usually to correct a problem. Preventive dentistry in Lacey, WA and across the United States wasn’t even on most people’s radar at that point.
Now that we have guidelines in place, including visiting the dentist twice each year for checkups and cleanings, we have no excuse for not taking good care of our teeth and gums. Many dental problems can be prevented with regular trips to the dental chair, and preventing problems is far easier, less expensive, and less painful than treating them.
Twice Yearly Examinations
Although it’s uncertain where the twice-yearly guidelines came from, they have served a useful purpose over the decades as people’s dental health has improved. There is still room for improvement, however.
Even if you are a diligent brusher and flosser, visiting the dentist for regular examinations is essential. Many dental problems in their early stages have no symptoms you can see or feel. When you see your dentist regularly, problems can be identified, addressed, and fixed while they are still in a manageable stage.
People who are at high risk for gum disease or who have already been diagnosed might need to see their dentist more than twice a year. This group includes smokers, pregnant women, those who have diabetes, and those who are more prone to cavities or plaque buildup.
Twice Yearly Cleanings
Your toothbrush and even dental floss cannot reach all the nooks and crannies of your mouth where plaque can build up. Eventually, plaque along your gum line will harden and turn into tartar. This substance is virtually impossible to get rid of without the unique dental instruments your hygienist uses. Removing plaque on a regular basis helps keep your teeth healthy and helps prevent gum disease.
Call Tranquility Dental Wellness Today
Make sure your checkup and cavity preventive dentistry plan includes regular visits to your Lacey, WA dentist. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, give us a call today! We look forward to seeing you.