From the chicken-or-egg conundrum to whether or not a tree falling in the forest really makes a sound, some mysteries may never be solved. But at least one question people are asking this year has a clear answer. If you, too, are wondering how often you should visit the dentist in Dublin, we’ll let you in on the answer.
Regular Visits to the Dentist Are Necessary for Optimal Health
The American Dental Association states that people of all ages should visit the dentist regularly, as often as your dentist says you need to. While there are some people who can get by visiting the dentist just once per year, Dr. Buck and Dr. Burton recommend that most people visit the dentist two times each year.
These regular dental appointments begin around age one and continue for a lifetime. That means you should never wait until you are experiencing a toothache or other problem to see your dentist. Preventive dental care is key to reducing plaque and tartar and catching problems early, to help you enjoy your healthy smile for a lifetime.
During a routine checkup and cleaning, your dental hygienist will rid your teeth and gums of the bacteria that causes decay and infection. We can also chat about your brushing and flossing habits, and easy ways to improve your hygiene at home. Educating you on proper hygiene techniques during this visit is just as important as cleaning your teeth.
Once your teeth are sparkling clean, Dr. Buck or Dr. Burton will inspect your teeth, gums, and surrounding oral tissues for issues requiring restorative care. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment possible — and for most people, every six months is the ideal frequency for spotting decay, infection, failing dental work, and even oral cancer in the earliest stages.
Good Dental Hygiene: A Three-Pronged Approach
Of course, visiting your dentist at regular intervals is just one aspect of dental hygiene. In addition to your preventive appointments, make sure you are taking good care of your teeth on a day-to-day basis. That includes brushing gently for two minutes, after each meal or at least twice a day. Floss daily and maintain a nutritious diet for continued oral and overall wellbeing.
Affordable Care at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin
If you have dental insurance, your benefits probably completely covers two checkups and cleanings along with a set of x-rays for free each year. At Distinctive Smiles, we file all dental insurance claims for you so you can receive the care you need as affordably as possible. Take advantage of your dental insurance benefits by scheduling two checkups and cleanings in 2017!
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, we accept all forms of payment and work with third party financiers CareCredit and Chase Health Advance. Learn more about Distinctive Smiles of Dublin’s financial information today.
Schedule Your Two Visits Today!
2016 is almost over — check one big item off your to-do list for next year and get in touch with our office to schedule your preventive appointments with the family dentist in Dublin today!