By Wilmington Dental Associates
December 04, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Did you know that you should be seeing your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam? If you aren’t going for routine dental cleanings then unfortunately you are part of the 34 percent of Americans that also did not see their dentist for a full year (according to a Gallup poll conducted in 2009). However, opting out of these routine visits may have a negative impact on your health and even your wallet. Before skipping your next dental visit, check out the importance of seeing your Wilmington family dentist regularly:
 

It prevents dental problems

 
While personal care is vitally important to a healthy smile, so too are six-month checkups. During these visits, your dentist can give your smile a professional and thorough cleaning that your toothbrush at home just can’t give you. Also, tartar buildup can eventually lead to gum disease, and the only way to properly remove tartar is with the proper dental instruments. Regular brushing and flossing just won’t cut it.
 

It will save you money

 
It might seem hard to believe that you’re somehow saving money by seeing your dentist twice a year; however, skipping dental visits could cost you big bucks in the future. Preventive care is significantly cheaper than the dental treatments you may need if you don’t see your Wilmington family dentist routinely. Not to mention the fact that no one really wants to deal with invasive treatments to fix a problem that could have been prevented altogether with routine exams.
 

It can detect non-dental health issues

 
While the main purpose of a routine exam is to inspect your smile and make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, you might be surprised to know that we can also pinpoint non-dental issues just by looking at your mouth. Problems such as diabetes, osteoporosis and even certain cancer can be detected during your next visit. You owe it to your overall health to keep up with your six-month checkups.
 
While it might seem hard to fit your Wilmington, DE family dentist into your busy schedule twice a year, you’ll be happy you did when you are able to have a beautiful, problem-free smile. Everyone in your family should be seeing their dentist regularly. If it’s time that you or someone in your family scheduled their six-month visit, call Wilmington Dental Associates at (302) 654-6915 today.

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