How long has it been since you last saw your dentist? If it’s been more than six months, you’re really missing out. According to the American Dental Association, where Dr. Addy is a member, you should have a regular dental cleaning and checkup at least twice a year. These visits can help prevent a whole swath of oral health issues, like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, to name a few. Continue reading below to learn just how crucial regular dental appointments are.
Just as the eyes are the windows to the soul, your mouth can be considered a window to your overall health. If your mouth isn’t in good condition, it could spell disaster for the rest of your body. If, for example, you have gum disease, a bacterial infection in your gum tissue, that infection could actually spread to other parts of your body, such as your heart and lungs. Studies have linked gum disease to an increase in the risk of heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and even Alzheimer’s. This is why preventive care and visiting Dr. Addy every six months are crucial.
At your appointment, Dr. Addy will thoroughly examine your mouth for issues like gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer. These are part of every appointment because for oral health issues, early detection is the key to successful treatment.
After a complete examination of your oral cavity, one of our skilled dental hygienists will give your teeth a thorough cleaning. This is important to remove built-up plaque and tartar, the hardened form of plaque that’s nearly impossible to remove without the assistance of a dental professional. Plaque and tartar are filled with bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, so you want to get it removed at least twice a year. After getting rid of plaque and tartar, the dental hygienist will polish your teeth to make them truly shine.
In between visits, the most important habits to keeping your teeth clean are to brush and floss. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day, ideally after every meal or snack. Apply only the gentlest of pressure when brushing, and use fluoridated toothpaste to give your teeth an extra boost of protection against decay. Also, try and floss at least once a day. Do so before brushing to allow the spaces between your teeth to open up to receive the benefits from your toothpaste.
Other healthy habits include refraining from smoking and limiting your consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages. By following these habits, you can keep your mouth nice and healthy so your next appointment with Dr. Addy will be a breeze. Contact us here to schedule your next checkup.