Besides yourself, who is more concerned about your teeth than your dentist? The answer to that question is obvious. Nobody. In fact, in many cases your dentist may actually be more concerned about your oral health than even you are. Why? Because the average individual sees their dentist once a year, at best.
Your dentist wants you to come in for a checkup at least twice a year. This recommendation is made because six months is considered the longest amount of time you should go in between professional cleanings and thorough evaluation of your oral health. Any longer than that and serious problems may crop up that make it harder for your dentist to easily fix.
Professional Cleaning – Your bi-annual visits to the dentist’s office are the only times during the year where your teeth get an intensive cleaning by professionals that have the tools and technique to do the job right. Even if you are a loyal, daily teeth brusher you simply cannot get the in-depth kind of cleaning that is given by your dentist and/or dental hygienist.
Oral Screening – The other obvious and necessary reason for bi-annual checkups are for early detection of other potential serious issues that may become worse if left not addressed. For instance, if you are showing signs of the beginnings of gum disease or oral cancer it is of vital importance to catch those problems early before they progress and become more difficult to treat.
If you haven’t seen a dentist in over 6 months, call Dr. [doctor_name] and our team at [practice_name]. You can make an appointment at: [phone], or come by our office in [city], [state].