Some people think that the only time they should go to see a dentist is if they are experiencing pain in their gums or teeth. But the truth is, if you wait until you are experiencing any pain or issues with your teeth to see a dentist, then it is already too late! With that being said, when is the best time to visit your dentist?
Visiting the dentist is not a walk-in-the-park for most people. In fact, many people have a fear of going to the dentist because the experience might be painful for them. Some people are so afraid of going to the dentist that they skip seeing them altogether. But did you know that skipping your dental appointments can lead to even more pain in the future? Missing annual check-ups actually hurts more than it helps. This phenomenon is known as “dental anxiety” and suffering from it will cause more harm to your health and wellbeing if you can’t get over it.
Other people simply believe that they just don’t have the time to take out of their day for a dental check-up. For this, it would be more beneficial for you to make future appointments for check-ups rather than dealing with sudden pain. Complications that are due to pain usually require even more time out of your day than annual check-ups do.
So, when is the recommended time one should see a dentist? Well, the short answer is every six months. So you should be making appointments with your dentist at least twice per year. That’s not such a big time commitment after all. During these appointments, your dentist will check on your overall oral health and give your teeth a thorough cleaning, which can’t be achieved at home.
These bi-annual visits are important in catching potential health risks that might get worse over time. Things like cavities, gum disease or oral cancers are able to develop undetected with no symptoms. Only a dental professional can spot the early warning signs. This is why having a strict dental routine in place, as well as attending dental check-ups, is so important! It can save you the inconvenience of spending thousands of dollars that were easily preventable, and it can save you time. Think of check-ups as a preventative measure.
It may also be helpful to think of your mouth as a portal. It can indicate if there are other health issues happening in other parts of your body. Having a healthy mouth will help you avoid other serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. In addition to this, your dentist is able to detect if you have any nutritional deficiencies, infections or more serious diseases… Just by doing a quick check-up on your teeth!
With all this being said, please be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year in order to keep your mouth and your body in tip top shape. Here at Dentistry in Newmarket, we are dedicated to helping you keep healthy teeth and gums so you can enjoy being healthy for life. Contact us today!