6 Reasons Why Your 6-Month Dental Visit is Important
December 3, 2019
Dr. Katherine Nicholson
When it comes to regular dental visits, patients often wonder: “Why is 6 months the magic number?” It’s a question we hear often in our practice at Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry. We believe that investing in your oral health every six months is an important value for your overall health. Here are a few reasons why we encourage regular checkups for our patients.
1. The “Perfect” Window
Six months can be the “perfect” window of time for issues like plaque, tartar and cavities to creep up. Even for the most diligent brushers and flossers, hidden “nooks and crannies” in your teeth can be hard to clean with daily dental care. Plaque buildup leads to tartar, and tartar can be very hard to remove without regular, professional cleanings.
2. Oral Cancer Detection
Oral Cancer can be an extremely dangerous and sometimes life-threatening disease that can surface in various ways. At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nicholson is highly trained to recognize the signs in its earliest stages. An exam includes a thorough check inside the mouth, as well as an exam of your neck, jaw and lymph nodes. Dr. Nicholson provides a non-invasive, pain-free exam for her patients.
3. Gum Disease
Plaque and tartar can wreak havoc on your teeth, as well as your gums. When buildup occurs, it can cause an infection where the gum is connected to the tooth, causing gums to recede. This is known as gingivitis, which can progress into gum disease. Depending on the severity, surgery and medication could be needed. To avoid this, regular checkups at Carolina General and Cosmetic dentistry are a great way to keep your gums healthy.
4. Say Goodbye to Bad Habits
There are certain unhealthy oral habits such as eating candy, drinking coffee and smoking that patients are often aware of. But did you know that other habits like chewing ice, biting your nails and grinding your teeth can also be destructive for your teeth? At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we can identify any oral damage caused by these not-so-healthy-habits. We’ll also share the benefits of small changes to your lifestyle that can make a huge difference in your overall oral health.
5. What’s Under the Surface
X-rays are an important part of your oral health. At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, our team of dental professionals are able to identify issues like bone decay, swelling, and impacted teeth. These destructive issues can often lie undetected until an X-ray highlights what’s going on beneath your gum line. Bi-annual checkups are a vital way of bringing these issues to the surface.
6. “An Ounce of Prevention…”
You’ve no doubt heard Benjamin Franklin’s quote before that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We believe that couldn’t be more true! Most insurance plans cover two dental health cleanings and exams per year. Scheduling regular, bi-annual visits can help prevent future, more costly problems from developing.
At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, our goal is provide our patients with expert, oral care in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Dr. Nicholson and all of our staff will help safeguard your oral health as well as maintain healthy dental habits. Give us a call, and one of our friendly team members will help set up your next professional exam.