You grew up brushing your teeth every morning and before bed, but as you’ve grown older those habits have gotten older and you’ve begun to brush your teeth less and less often. When do you visit the dentist? Your dentist recommends that you get your teeth professionally cleaned and checked annually or biannually in order to ensure your mouth is healthy. Especially if you’re having trouble keeping up with cleaning your teeth, you may want to see your dentist more often to keep the bacteria from infecting your mouth.
What Are We Preventing?
Do you see those pearly whites when you look in the mirror? Those beautiful, white, and healthy teeth is what we’re protecting from damage, loss, and decay.
Let’s say you were to skip your dental visits for a couple years – what do you think would happen when you decided to return and have your teeth cleaned? Sadly, you would probably end up needing extensive dental work – whether it be to clean your teeth, to fill your cavities, to move your teeth or align your bite, etc. The longer you stay away from the dentist, the less healthy your teeth stay and the more work you will probably need done in the future.
How Can I Protect My Teeth?
Your dentist can discuss a good plan with you that will fit your dental needs and your lifestyle – but a general rule to follow is to expect to spend time in your dentist’s office at least once per year. In addition to visiting your dentist, brushing and flossing your teeth properly is absolutely critical when it comes to the health of your mouth.
Just think about it this way; the more you brush and floss, the less bacteria stays in your mouth, the less likely you are to have issues with your teeth become damaged nor do you risk them falling out.