Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining not only your oral health, but also your overall health in general. The typically suggested regularity with which you should visit your dentist is once every six months, and this timeframe is not accidental. The time frame of about six months is the period that a typical American person who brushes and flosses their teeth twice daily will begin to fall behind in their ability to remove plaque and tartar that is building up below the gum lines and between teeth. The typical process of brushing and flossing is generally effective at removing plaque that is on the vertical surfaces of the teeth, but over time the crevices in teeth and between them collect a buildup of decaying food and bacteria that is not able to be removed by a toothbrush alone. At these times, the bacteria will begin to decay the tooth surfaces as well as to begin impacting your overall health, and it should be removed by the special tools and processes that are available only to your dentist. While these timeframes are certainly speculative and some will see buildup faster than others, it is good to keep to a regular schedule in order for the routine itself to benefit you. Most people need these kinds of routines or they will continually put the process off too long.

The other reason for regular visits is that the dentist can look for signs of diseases like gum disease and oral cancer. These conditions show early warning signs, and can potentially be diagnosed early in the process by a dentist during a regular exam. Catching the disease early is many times the difference between effective treatment and more dire consequences, so by establishing a routine of an exam every six months will give your dentist the ability to notice differences between the inside of your mouth now vs. six months ago. If it is noticed that there may be a condition developing, then no more than a few months has gone by and a treatment plan can be enacted immediately, thus helping to reverse the progress of the disease with minimal damage.

Visit your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning, and brush and floss every day. Always visit your dentist immediately if you notice any changes to the inside of your mouth or to your health in general. Your dentist may be able to find the signs of disease and help your overall health, but you must play a role as well.



Source by Raymond Santopietro