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The Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

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Visiting your dentist regularly and having your teeth professionally cleaned makes a drastic difference in your overall health. A clean mouth not only reduces cavities, but also can greatly improve the health of your entire body. Healthy teeth allow you to eat the food you need, while also reducing the amount of harmful bacteria you swallow.

While brushing and flossing both help to prevent cavities, regular visits to the dentist are essential if you want to have the healthiest mouth possible.

Dentists have the tools and expertise to conquer toothaches and prevent larger, costlier problems from occurring.

Why Regular Visits Matter

As you age, keeping your teeth strong becomes more and more difficult: enamel wears down, teeth decay, and before you know it your mouth needs serious surgery. Visiting the dentist helps you to understand how to take better care of your teeth as they change.

Cavities cause complications beyond simple pain; without regular check-ups from the dentist, cavities can lead to dangerous infections in your bloodstream.

Furthermore, neglecting to visit the dentist puts you at risk of gingivitis and other gum diseases that cause bleeding and irritation. Allowing diseases to fester in your mouth increases the possibility of tooth-loss and other serious problems.

Not only will your mouth be healthier with regular dental checkups, but your smile will be more attractive. A healthy mouth will boost your self-esteem and confidence.

What Happens at a Dental Checkup?

There are a few things that happen at each dental checkup. Our team will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any plaque. Our dentists will also inspect your mouth to check for any oral health issues. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, we might need to start with an x-ray to get a complete picture of the inside of your mouth.

We’ll check for things like signs of oral cancer, budding cavities, early stages of gum disease, and more. If we encounter any issues, we’ll talk with you about your treatment options. We always want to empower you to make the most educated decisions about your oral health.

After this, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your oral health goals with our dentists. If you’re interested in any cosmetic dentistry procedures, you can bring them up at this time. 

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that people visit the dentist at least twice a year. However, everyone's teeth differ, and some people may need to visit the dentist even more often in order to adequately prevent teeth problems. Contact your dentist today in order to give your mouth the attention it deserves.

Ready to Make an Appointment?

Robert J. Stevenson DDS is always willing to answer any of your questions about your oral health. For more information on the benefits of regular dental visits, contact our Ann Arbor dentists or call us at (734) 201-1610.

[This blog post has been updated.]