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While some people consider dentist visits as optional as a side of mayo, you do need to see a dentist every six months (or every four, if you have gum issues). it's especially important if you have a family history of gingivitis. Why? Because no matter how much you brush, or if you floss with the speed of an expert fiddler, you simply can't dig up and obliterate all the gum-destroying plaque that's deposited between your teeth and near your gums. Dental hygienists have those fun ultrasonic thingies and lovely hooks that do this well. Plus, early detection of gingivitis will make it easier to treat.
Regular examinations and cleanings are an important part of maintaining your oral health. In fact, some people should see the dentist every two to three months, depending on the conditions involved.
It is important to have your teeth, gums and oral mucosa evaluated regularly for changes such as decay and fracture of teeth, gum disease and sores, growths, lumps or bumps in the mouth. Often if you wait until you are aware of a problem, or "until it hurts", it may be much more extensive than had it been diagnosed earlier.
For most people, visiting the dentist twice a year is recommended. In this video, Dante Gonzales, DMD, explains that depending on your health, some people may need to go to the dentist more often.
You should see your dentist every six months for several important reasons. Regular visits allow your dentist to detect early signs of problems with your teeth and gums while they are still at a manageable stage. For example, regular dental visits can lead to early detection of periodontal (gum) disease. This can reduce the risk of permanent damage to your teeth and gums and help prevent costly and painful treatments in the future. Your dentist can detect many problems that start off as painless. He or she can also help you learn about proper care for your teeth and gums. What's more, regular cleanings make your smile shine brighter.
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