Did you let 2013 slip by without visiting the dentist for a routine dental cleaning and checkup? If so, resolve to do better in 2014. Visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled dental cleanings and checkups is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your long-term dental health and give your teeth the best chance of lasting for a lifetime. For this reason, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that most individuals visit the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and examination. If you have dental health issues such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you come in more often than every six months.
Your routine dental cleaning and examination provides an opportunity for a specially trained dental hygienist to professionally clean your teeth. Dental hygienists use special equipment and techniques to remove plaque and tarter than cannot be removed during regular flossing and brushing. Your examination provides an important opportunity for your dentist to check the overall health of your mouth and look for signs of any problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, infection, malocclusion, oral cancer and more. In addition to a physical examination, your dentist may want to take x-rays to help diagnose any dental health problems. By diagnosing and treating any dental health issues early, you can prevent more costly and painful dental health problems from occurring in the future.
If you have not been in to see your dentist in more than six months, schedule an appointment today. You will be glad you did! Happy New Year!
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