Now that we’re well into July, it’s time to ask yourself: have I visited the dentist yet this year?
It’s recommended that patients make an appointment with their dentist at least every six months, to keep their smiles healthy and clean. We couldn’t agree more! But we have been asked before about why these hygiene appointments are so important. What would happen if you skipped out on them? We’ll answer these questions and more today.
Why Do We See the Dentist Every Six Months?
Keeping tabs on your oral health is paramount to your overall health as well. Many patients may not realize that their mouths are the gateway to their bodies, so any adverse changes in your teeth and gums could jeopardize your overall health.
While home dental care is essential to keeping your smile in tip-top shape, it can be very difficult to reach problem areas. These include the back of the mouth, plaque trapped in the gums, and food particles stuck between teeth. As you can imagine, after six months of missing these tiny areas, it can result in the beginnings of gum disease or tooth decay. By paying us a visit here at Dentistry of Nashville every six months, you can have those areas cleaned in no time.
What Happens During a Hygiene Visit
Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect during a routine hygiene visit with Drs. Elan, Vaughan, and Fleming and our hygienists.
- Examine the face and neck area for any abnormalities
- Check the lymph nodes and low jaw joints for any abnormalities
- Examine the gums for signs of gum disease
- Check the tongue and other soft tissues of the mouth
- Diagnose any loose, chipped, or broken teeth
- Check on any potentially damaged fillings
- Look over any dental appliances you have
- Take x-rays of your jaw
- Remove any plaque and tartar
- Brush, polish, and floss your teeth
- Review any brushing or flossing techniques with the patient
“What Happens If I Don’t Go to the Dentist?”
We understand that things happen that could prevent you from going to the dentist. However, it’s not recommended to go for months or years over that six month timeline. Here’s a list of some of the problems you may experience by not attending hygiene appointments regularly.
- Teeth Becoming Loose: The tissues holding your teeth in place could start to deteriorate, leaving your tooth loose in the socket and potentially fall out.
- Cavities and Other Aches: Untreated tooth decay can eat through the protective layers of your tooth, causing pain and sensitivity.
- Periodontal Disease: Leaving the gums filled with plaque and tartar could lead to inflammation and infection. This means bleeding, painful, or sensitive gums.
- Halitosis: This is another term for bad breath, but to the point where it could start to impact your social interactions or taste.
- Negative Effects on Bodily Health: Research has shown that having bad oral health can potentially impact other parts of your body, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
- Surface Stains and Discoloration: Smoking and eating certain colored foods can gradually leave a stain on your teeth over time.
- More Expensive Dental Procedures in the Future: Overall, neglecting your oral health now could lead to financial headaches in the future. Lost teeth, damaged tissues, and more would need surgical intervention, costing you thousands. Save money and time by ensuring that you visit the dentist regularly for preventative care.
Schedule Your Hygiene Appointment Today in Nashville, TN
Now that you’ve seen how important your oral health is, don’t forget to give us a call and schedule your appointments. We offer thorough hygiene cleanings and an excellent team to answer all your questions. Contact Dentistry of Nashville today.