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  • Writer's pictureDr. Synthia Chowdhury

Why Is It Important To See A Dentist Every 6 Months?

As a dental professional, I often encounter patients who think that visiting the dentist only when they have a dental problem is enough. However, this is a misconception that can lead to serious dental issues in the future. Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems. In this blog post, I will discuss the importance of regular dental check-ups.

1. Early Detection of Dental Problems

Regular dental check-ups can help detect dental problems early. Dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer may not show any symptoms in their early stages. With regular check-ups, your dental team can detect these issues early and prevent them from becoming more severe.

2. Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care is essential to maintaining good oral health. During your dental check-up, your dental team will examine your teeth and gums, clean your teeth, and provide you with tips on how to care for your teeth at home. This preventive care can help prevent dental issues from developing in the first place.

3. Maintaining Oral Health

Regular dental check-ups can help maintain your overall health. Oral conditions, especially periodontal disease (periodontitis/gum disease), has been linked with several systemic conditions such as:

  • cardiovascular disease,

  • oral and colorectal cancer,

  • gastrointestinal diseases,

  • respiratory tract infection and pneumonia,

  • adverse pregnancy outcomes,

  • diabetes and insulin resistance,

  • Alzheimer's disease.

The most common form of periodontal disease is a mild form called gingivitis .Gingivitis affects 75% of adults in United States and is characterized by inflammation of the gums, redness, swelling, and frequent bleeding. 30% of adult population have moderate periodontitis and 10% have severe periodontitis.

In conclusion, maintaining oral health with regular checkups allows for minimal inflammation of the gums and promotes overall health as well.

If it has been a while since your last dental check-up, make an appointment with us at Riverview Dental today. Your teeth and gums will thank you for it!

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