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How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

As a child, you were likely taught to brush your teeth twice a day, and maybe even to floss daily as well. But for many adults, there was a common misconception that visiting the dentist once a year, or maybe even every few years, was sufficient for keeping the smile healthy. Unfortunately, this is very rarely the case. For most patients, dentists recommend visiting at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings, and sometimes more frequently. That is because

these preventive appointments can prove crucial to avoiding cavities and other dental problems. Perhaps best of all, regular cleanings are fast and affordable ways to care for one’s smile!

Bi-annual Checkups Are Important to Oral Health

Why are regular cleanings so important? That’s because it does not take long for bacteria in the mouth to calcify onto the surface of the teeth, creating a substance known as tartar buildup. Once this has developed, it can only effectively be removed through a professional dental cleaning.

The longer tartar remains on the surface of teeth, the more likely it is to create dental cavities, which are caused by acidic erosion. Tartar can also lead to gum disease, though, a chronic condition that can cause tooth loss, as well as inflammation, if unaddressed.

Enjoy a Restored Smile, Quickly, with Treatment

By visiting the family dentist at least twice a year, for checkups and cleanings, most patients can enjoy prolonged oral health. That said, it is important to talk to your dentist about any special factors that might make more frequent cleanings necessary for you.

For instance, some patients experience dry mouth as a side effect of medications they are taking. This puts them at higher risk of developing dental problems.

Ready to Schedule Preventive Dentistry?

Regular preventive dentistry can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. You can schedule a preventive appointment, today, by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, at (931) 388–3384.

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