When you go to the dentist, at the end of your visit you probably hear a variation of the same thing: “See you in six months!” This is because dentists know that there are many benefits for dental cleanings every six months. Some studies over the years have shown that many people choose to see a dentist only once per year, but more frequently for those who have high-risk factors. However, we believe that two cleanings per year can put you on the right track for a brighter smile, as it maximizes prevention of some of the worst diseases you could find in your mouth, as well as tooth loss in the future.
The American Dental Association recommends that every patient visits their dentist at least once a year, but making six-monthly appointments brings the best results, as it can help oral-related issues in their tracks! Here are a few reasons why it is necessary for you to see a dentist twice per year:
Tooth Decay: Tooth decay happens when the outer layer of your teeth is destructed. Every six months, the condition only worsens when nothing changes. If you visit your dentist twice a year, you’ll be sure to stave off decay and prevent tooth damage, as well as reverse the effects that plaque may have had on your teeth.
Plaque: Plaque is full of harmful bacteria and, when it builds up on your teeth, it results in tartar that discolors your teeth. Because one in four adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day, they may experience a build-up of plaque, which can cause harm over time. You want your teeth to be free of plaque and in the healthiest condition.
Gum Disease: The first signs of gum disease may not present themselves to you, but a dentist may notice if you go to the dentist twice a year. Gum disease causes your gums to become red, painful, and swollen, which can make consuming foods and drinks a horrific experience. Regular cleanings from your hygienist can prevent this in its tracks.
Saving Money: If you don’t have oral-related issues in the future, this will lead to more money in your pocket. Dental work can be costly and, when gum disease and tooth decay is looming overhead, this is something you must consider.
Improving Smile: Visiting your dentist can improve your smile, as they may have options to whiten your teeth and leave you feeling better about yourself.
In the past, dentists have focused on fixing problems in our mouths rather than preventing them – but today we see that they are taking action and stopping a variety of diseases from taking hold with two visits per year. As recommended, two visits per year can change your dentistry outlook. However, if you are considered to be “high risk,” which includes pregnant women, smokers, people with gum disease, or people with weak immune responses to bacterial infections, you may need to visit every three or four months instead.
No matter your needs, we understand that you care about your smile and want what’s best for it. Because of this, we extend a helping hand with improving your smile and taking care of all your dental needs. Call us at McBride Dental for more information today, at 760-471-1003. Make an appointment and you won’t be disappointed!