Why Do I Need Dental Checkups Every Six Months?

Why Do I Need Dental Checkups Every Six Months?

You go into battle every morning, whether you realize it or not: Armed with your toothpaste, mouthwash and floss, you aim to defeat dental monsters—also known as bacteria—that cause problems such as cavities and gum disease. You ideally fight them again at night before you go to bed. However, in all of your fighting, you can only do so much. Only your dentist can handle the rest, which means that it is important to make the effort to visit your dental office every six months.

You may view your six-month dental checkup as an inconvenience; after all, you have to take off from work to come in for a cleaning that isn’t necessarily “fun.” However, a few other things are far more inconvenient, such as inflamed gums or tooth discomfort stemming from tooth decay—both of which a six-month checkup is designed to catch. [pullquote]When the sticky film formed by food—known as plaque—hardens into tartar, only professional dental instruments can be used to remove it and to access areas below the gum line.[/pullquote]

Your teeth need to be professionally cleaned every six months because even if you are the most religious tooth-brusher and flosser, you cannot remove food that has hardened. When the sticky film formed by food—known as plaque—hardens into tartar, only professional dental instruments can be used to remove it and to access areas below the gum line.

Six-month cleanings not only remove debris that can lead to cavities and gum disease but also can prevent against advanced stages of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. In addition, regular professional cleanings protect against bad breath. You can also ensure a whiter smile because your dental hygienist polishes your teeth at the end of each cleaning, which removes stains.

Most dental insurance plans have low or no coinsurance or copayments for preventative dental care, so dental cleanings are worth your time if you wish to prevent more costly dental problems down the road.  Give your teeth the best fighting chance against a slew of dental problems, and keep your smile bright. Contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399 today to schedule your next professional dental cleaning and exam.