You may have asked yourself at one point in time – why exactly am I going to the dentist twice a year? And for some people, it’s more than twice per year. What’s the reason for this?
Dr. Molayem, dentist in Woodland Hills, offers his expertise on the subject matter.
“I’ve had this question asked to me multiple times and the answer is always the same. Regular visits to your dentist are important because they help detect dental health issues before anything major occurs.”
Regular Visits are Similar to Maintenance on Your Car
In other words, think of visits to your dentist as maintenance on your car. After X amount of miles you are highly recommended to receive a service check-up to make sure all parts of your car are in working order. Mechanics inspect all elements of the car to make sure they meet their specifications, topping off all fluids in the process.
In dentistry, it’s essentially the same. Dentists use regular visits to inspect all elements of your mouth to make sure it’s functioning as intended. Any problems that may occur are recommended to correct using specific procedures. Cleanings are also performed as a way to remove any plaque or tartar that have accumulated from normal wear and tear.
“ Proactive is Better than Reactive”
Making sure you visit your dentist twice annually is considered a proactive approach to dentistry in the sense that early intervention is a lot more cost effective & much less invasive, resulting in less pain experienced as well.
Waiting until problems arise and then acting on them is considered a reactive approach and depending on the issue may be very costly to correct, as well as very painful. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease that may be halted or even reversed the earlier treatment is performed.
When You Should Schedule an Appointment
There are certain times when you should consider scheduling an appointment earlier than you next regular, routine dental visits. If you notice any of these symptoms be urge to stay proactive in scheduling n appointment to make sure nothing serious is occurring:
• Persistent sensitivity to hot and cold foods
• Swelling of mouth, neck, or face
• Puffy or bleeding gums
• Crowns or fillings that have fallen out
• Teeth that have been knocked out
• Persistent bad breath that does not improve
• Severe toothache
• Mouth sores or abnormal spots in the mouth that do not go away
The earlier an issue is detected, the more effective and affordable treatment will be. Most dental insurance cover two routine dental visits per year so definitely be sure to take advantage of this for the best of your oral health.