“Visiting the dentist” sounds pretty bothersome for a majority of us. However, regular visits to the dentist can keep our oral health at the optimal level while helping us to stay away from a number of health issues. Oral health experts suggest that visiting the dentists every six months is the best practice if you care about your oral health seriously. The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist at least once a year, but making six-monthly appointments prevents a whole host of oral-related problems from developing, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Here are five reasons why you should visit your dentist every six months.
Despite the developments in the dental care industry and awareness programs, a survey suggests that only 31% of Americans are very happy about their dental health and condition, even though this contradicts recent data from the ADA suggesting most people don’t return to the dentists because they assume their dental health is not needing immediate treatment. If you are not among this 31%, you should read on and know why you must go to the dentist every six months. You may assume you don’t need immediate dental treatment but you should trust your gut if you aren’t 100% sure you are happy with your dental health and condition or lack thereof.
1. TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DENTAL ISSUES
It is always better to diagnose tooth decay at the earliest and treat accordingly. Otherwise, the deterioration can develop into a really bad situation and then the things can go out of control. If you visit the dentists every six months, however, the chances of identifying potential deterioration are better. This is a good opportunity for you to address the issues quickly and prevent further damages. Many people may not know this but dentists with their laser-like focus on tooth decay can quickly diagnose whether you have tooth decay, which if you don’t know is the destruction of the outer layer of your teeth from sugary, acidic, and unhealthy foods.
This is why one must visit your dentist twice a year prevents the decay from damaging your teeth, so you can improve your oral health and reverse the effects of plaque buildup. If left without treatment, however, this condition often causes pain and dental cavities and can even irritate the gums. This condition can worsen drastically every six months as plaque takes over and brings your teeth closer to gum disease, having receding gums, or in some cases ruined teeth.
If diagnosed early, treating gum disease is easier and preventable. Otherwise, gum disease can grow into a serious health issue that can affect your day-to-day life, self-confidence, and your overall health throughout your body. It is needless to explain how painful and annoying gum disease can be when left unattended for months. However, if your dentist observes your oral health at least once a month or maybe more realistically once every six months, she is likely to diagnose potential issues (if any) and recommend immediate treatments.
“The early bird gets the worm” and the patient that comes back early gets better treatment. There are several other things we haven’t listed as well besides gum disease tooth decay that a doctor can catch such as a toothache, halitosis or bad breath, and oral cancer. Maybe these don’t all sound so serious but who really wants to find out a year later they should have come to the dentist earlier? You and I both know coming back six months instead a year later is an easy fix to this problem.
If you are a regular smoker, you have a greater potential to get oral cancer than nonsmokers. However, even the nonsmokers may get oral cancers due to many other reasons. Therefore, it is always better to let your dentist check for oral cancers during your regular biannual visit; if diagnosed at the earliest stage, cancer can be treated easily maximizing the chances for a full recovery.
2. TO STAY AWAY FROM BAD HABITS AND FORM GOOD ONES
When we think about our life, we are how we spend our time. So, ask yourself how do you spend most of your time and where do you want to be? Something that has helped many of our patients and successful people I encounter is something called “tiny habits.” How does that relate to dentistry? Good or bad habits in dentistry are just one part of your way of forming habits. So, ultimately, we want to stay away from bad habits.
There are plenty of bad habits that can ruin our oral health. Smoking, grinding teeth, wrong method of brushing teeth etc. are such bad habits that can ruin your oral health. If you visit your dentist regularly, she will consult you and remind you about the optimal oral health. This is a very effective way to stay away from potential health issues. Start with a tiny habit every day until you start to regain your health and life back! The science backs up that this work but it will just take a little effort on your part to start slowly improving your life whether it’s dental health, weight loss, or starting a new exercise or diet routine.
3. TO SAVE YOU MONEY
As the saying goes, it is not dentistry that costs you lots of money but actually neglecting your teeth and dental routine that really costs you in the long run. Think about why we obey the law when we are driving because if we don’t, we will have to pay fines and tickets from not doing simple things like following the speed limit and putting money in our meters. Applying that same logic to dental care, you must follow a couple simple laws regarding flossing, brushing, and visiting your dentist regularly. If you do these three things, you will save yourself lots of money in the long run.
Also, identifying serious or not so serious problems will undoubtedly save you time and money in the long run. As I mentioned before with a solid care routine and maintenance of your teeth reduces the chances of you developing gum disease and tooth decay, and you are less likely to require costly dental work, such as a tooth extraction and possibly an implant. If you learn anything from this article, learn the bottom line is the bottom line of your checkbook. Do not be hit with a surprise bill or dental emergency in the future, which can cause you unwanted discomfort alongside higher bills. We all want nice teeth and to save money, so just listen to what your dentists suggests and visit every six months.
4. IMPROVE YOUR SMILE
Have you ever wondered what happens when you start to improve your smile? The history of great jaw-dropping smiles was something we have always associated with movie stars. To take this seriously, you must visit your dentist regularly because there is a number of treatments available that will whiten, clean your teeth, and brighten your smile. A study from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that 96 percent of adults think that a great smile makes someone more attractive, while 74 percent believe an “unattractive smile” limits how far a person can go in life or become successful. I know this sounds vain but we all want to have nice pearly white teeth for our own confidence and success.
Most importantly, there are so many reasons for you to smile as an expression of enjoying your life today. In case you didn’t know, smiling makes you more approachable, it reduces stress, makes you seem more trustworthy, it retrains your brain for the better, it becomes contagious, it strengthens the body on a cellular level, it boosts your productivity, it makes you more creative, and smiling is free! How many more reasons would you need to smile? I think this will suffice to convince most people why they should both smile and take better care of the dazzling pearls in their mouth.
5. TO GET AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS ABOUT YOUR ORAL HEALTH
The latest technologies are not the type of thing any person would have at their house and even if they did they wouldn’t have the specialized training to understand how to properly operate these technologies, how to analyze the data collected, and piece together the complex information to make a critical judgment about your health.
One great example of this is getting a dental X-ray is an exceptionally effective way to get an idea about the potential health issues that might occur in future. In fact, technologies like X-ray can identify issues that aren’t visible from outside. This is just one example that I use because most people know about the importance of the X-ray but there is a myriad of different technologies that are important at most dental offices that are creating life-changing results. You get this opportunity only if you visit your dentist on regular basis.
In addition to that, regular visits to dentists can necessarily help you to maintain better overall oral health. Such approach might help you to smile with confidence and stay out of a significant amount of health issues. I’m sure by now after reading this article you understand that visiting your dentist every six months could save you money, improve the beauty of your smile, prevent plaque and tooth decay, and more serious issues like gum disease or receding gums. In life, there are other places you would rather be, but making regular appointments to see your dentist could transform your oral health and that means your whole health.
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Dr. Smile is in the Los Angeles South Bay area, serving patients from El Segundo, Inglewood, Del Air, those around the LAX airport, and nearby areas. Dr. Hossein Javid is lead dentist at this office. Dr. Javid has spent his career developing expertise in a number of areas, including dental implantation and the use of high-tech lasers and other equipment. He is the founder of our dental center, and his vision has helped us become a premier provider of world-class dental services.