Why Do I Need To See the Dentist Regularly?
Created on April 30, 2023
Every time you leave the dental office for a cleaning and examination, you schedule the next one for four to six months out. But you might be asking yourself, why is this important? Why do I need to see a dentist routinely to keep my teeth and gums healthy? At Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, MA, Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo communicate with patients how vital these regular appointments can be.
Why Do I Need To See a Dentist Regularly?
Seeing a dentist regularly is essential for maintaining good oral health. Regular visits to the dentist help you identify and address any dental issues before they become bigger problems, leading to costly treatments or even more serious medical conditions. These check-ups also allow your dentist at Taylor Street Dental to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums, detecting cavities or other dental problems early. During routine dental cleanings, our dental hygienists can clean away plaque and tartar buildup and provide preventive care instructions to avoid further damage. During these visits, our team might even catch the early signs of gum disease or periodontitis. If left without treatment, this disease can lead to tooth loss and complications with other systems in your body.
How Often Should I See the Dentist?
The American Dental Association, also referred to as the ADA, recommends that patients of all ages visit their primary dentist at least every six months. For patients with healthy smiles and proper oral hygiene habits, this is often sufficient. However, for patients who have certain dental concerns such as halitosis, dry mouth, sensitive teeth, or periodontitis, visits may need to be more often. This may be every three to four months. During your evaluation with our team, we can make a recommendation as to the protocol best for your oral health needs.
Visiting a Dentist Twice a Year Is Key to Staying Healthy!
At Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, MA, we strongly encourage our patients to visit our office regularly, at least twice a year, for cleanings and examinations to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are looking for a new dental provider in the community, Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo are all available for new patients. Call 413-781-7645 to request an appointment at our office and learn more about caring for your smile!