How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

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According to the American Dental Association, you should visit the dentist every six months. While you may only schedule an appointment if you have problems, routine checkups can save you from more complex and expensive dental procedures down the road. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is key.

What Happens When I Don’t Regularly Visit the Dentist?

When life gets busy and hectic, it’s easy to skip out on your bi-annual dental checkups. However, skipping your routine cleaning and exam can have a negative effect on your smile. Some of the most common symptoms that can occur when you don’t visit the dentist are:

  • Plaque Buildup — Poor oral hygiene and irregular teeth cleanings can cause plaque to build up on your teeth and turn into tartar.
  • Cavities — If you have a small cavity that you’re unaware of and miss your dental visit, the cavity will get bigger and possibly require a dental crown or root canal.
  • Bad Breath — The buildup of plaque and tartar can cause unpleasant breath. The bad bacteria that sticks to your teeth will start to smell if you don’t get a proper dental cleaning.
  • Tooth Stains — The same plaque buildup and debris that causes bad breath can also stain your teeth. Regular cleanings can keep your teeth free of discoloration.
  • Gum Disease — Without regular checkups and cleanings, you can develop gum disease from bacteria trapped around and below your gum line.

Schedule Your Next Dental Checkup

Are you overdue for your six-month exam or need a specific dental treatment? Visit BlueDot Dental and let our dedicated team help you get your oral health back on track. Contact our office to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to taking care of your smile!

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