Another six months have gone by and you know what that means: another check-up at the dentist. Have you ever wondered why it is recommended to go back every six months? Here are a few reasons that will keep you from ever missing an appointment again.
A Lot Can Happen in 180 Days
Not only is it recommended to have a check-up every six months, but in between that time you should be brushing and flossing your teeth every day, twice a day. In six months that adds up to 180 days, or 360 brushes. If you don’t brush that often (and let’s face it, none of us are perfect) there’s sometimes a lot more damage that can happen than we realize.
Even if your teeth aren’t rotting out of your mouth, it’s important to prevent the worst from ever happening in the future.
The first thing that dentists check is the gums and soft tissues in case of ulcerations or similar issues. Jaws and other joints and muscles will be checked for problems such as TMJ as well.
Clean It Up
After that the teeth are checked for cavities or broken fillings. Any potentially destructive build-up of plaque or tartar is cleaned from the teeth with professional dental tools. The most common problem areas are where the teeth and gum meet, and in the hard to reach places behind the molars.
These issues are hard to detect on your own at home while you look at your teeth in the mirror. Set up your next appointment at the dentist now before it’s too late.