When was the last time you visited your dentist for a routine examination or thorough cleaning? Has it been over a year? If it has been over six months, it may be time to schedule your next appointment with your dentist. The consensus on dental exams seems to be at least once per year by most major dental organizations. The American Dental Association recommends at least one visit per year to your dental office for a routine examination and complete cleaning. However, they say every six months is preferable.
Nearly all dental insurance plans will cover these routine exams and cleanings every six months. They would rather patients go twice per year even though it costs the insurance company more money up front, but they know it will save them money in the long run as these dental patients tend to have better oral hygiene. Going every six months allows your dentist and hygienist more opportunities to clean and diagnose potential problems early on. With all this said, many patients still opt for less frequent visits to their dentist.
There are many benefits to these semi-annual routine exams aside from a professional dental cleaning. These cleanings can have a significant impact on the health of teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and many other diseases outside of the mouth area. This can happen because the mouth has been linked to other diseases and cancers in other parts of the body when not cared for.
Some benefits of routine exams and cleanings from your dental provider:
-The dental hygienist can thoroughly clean your teeth and gums removing any tartar and plaque buildup.
-Early detection of cracked fillings, tooth decay, gum disease, fractures, and more.
-Early diagnosis of oral cancer.
-Minimize or eliminate problems before they start.
-Prevention of tooth loss. The buildup of plaque over time makes it nearly impossible to remove at home with brushing and flossing. This buildup can lead to gum disease over time. Gum disease is known to be a major cause of tooth loss.
Professional dental cleanings are a great way to keep your teeth and overall oral hygiene at optimal levels. These semi-annual visits are covered by nearly all dental health insurance plans. These more frequent visits give your dental staff an opportunity to thoroughly clean, diagnose problems, and compare the current situation with results from previous visits.
So for those in the Boynton Beach area give Dr. Hugh Rosenblatt DMD a call today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Rosenblatt and his staff will provide a complete and thorough cleaning exam to keep your smile in its best form. Call us today (561) 737-8559.