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Why Should You See A Dentist Twice A Year?

DentistaThis is a question we get quite often. Why do you need regular dental visits, especially if you don’t think you have any tooth problems?

About a third of Americans—over 100 million—don’t see their dentists each year. But they’re running a significant risk. Most dental disease can be prevented with regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene.

So regular dental visits do matter. In fact, they can save you lots of time, money, and pain. Charlotte Dentistry® located in Charlotte, NC works hard to help you develop the practices that help keep your mouth healthy (and the mouths of other family members). And we take the time when you visit to show you the skills that will help you avoid dental trouble in future years.

The American Dental Association has a great website, that lists 15 signs that indicate you should see a dentist:

  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products OR use social or street drugs
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

If you have any of these symptoms or conditions, it may be wise to schedule a dental visit sooner than later, even if you have a visit already scheduled for the future.

Here’s another reason that regular dental visits can be of great value: building a relationship with a dentist lets a professional provide you with the best possible continuity of care. A dentist who sees you regularly can often spot changes in your dental health before you’re aware of them, and can take preventative action to prevent bigger problems. Your dentist may also be able to spot changes in your mouth that can indicate other health issues, and advise you regarding care with your other physicians.

And again, these are opportunities to catch health issues early on, when they can be corrected, reversed, or otherwise successfully treated.

We understand that twice a year dental visits may not be fun (although we do our best to make them pleasant), but they are extremely important in helping you and your family stay healthy.

Also, in between visits, should you have a question or concern about your dental health, use the “Ask the Expert” feature on our website. Our professional staff monitors this regularly, and we’re happy to provide you with answers.

Bring your whole family to one convenient location for all their dental needs.
…Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You … Matthew 7:12