As in so many industries, there has been a baseline established for the number of visits you should make to your dentist a year. Then there will be exceptions and deviations based on your personal health and your personal habits, both good and bad. The interesting thing is that an important element of that baseline that is so often overlooked is that of your smile. It is an under-appreciated asset. One that is taken for granted until something effects that smile to the negative. Your smile is a foundational part of your personality. It contributes to your level of self-esteem and self-confidence which impacts both your personal circles and professional encounters. Your dentist is an important person to have on your team to maintain the quality of your smile.
How often should you see your dentist?
The health industry has determined that a healthy baseline is to schedule appointments and examinations every six months under any and all circumstances. This allows the dentist to monitor and build a history of your oral health. X-rays will capture what is happening below the gumline. A thorough exam will identify any issues with both your teeth and your soft tissue. This exam will also include an oral screening for oral cancer with your lips and neck.
Usually it is a bonus to then have your teeth cleaned by the professionals. They can identify trends and give you at-home oral hygiene tips as well as suggestions regarding your diet.
If you have certain health issues, such a diabetes, or are pregnant or enjoy tobacco products, it may be suggested you increase the number of visits a year. If you have experienced gum disease in the past it might behoove you to monitor it more closely. A weak immune system might encourage more bacterial infections that need to be dealt with. You might also simply build up plaque more quickly than normal and need that plaque removed more often.
Good Oral Health starts at Home
The industry and your dentist will also encourage you to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. They also will explain the benefit of flossing at least once a day. Between your good oral hygiene at home and your oral heath teammate this objective is prevention. If you neglect your teeth and gums, you’ll find yourself in the dental chair addressing unfortunate and uncomfortable issues and problems. This most often includes cavities due to the buildup of plaque and gum disease for the same reason. It can include root canal pain and abysses. Most of these problems can be prevented with good proactive care.
The Value of your Smile
There is research now available to substantiate the value of your smile. Your dentist can also offer measures and procedures to improve your current smile. Again, by establishing a dentist as a teammate they can make suggestions. Possibly it is alignment, a gap, a crack or chip, the gumline or something as simple as whitening. Let your dentist work for you and with you to improve your smile and your quality of life.
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