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Why Regular Dental Checkups Are So Important

You brush your teeth twice a day, every day. You floss once a day and regularly rinse your mouth out with mouthwash. You enjoy a healthy diet, chew sugar-free gum, and avoid food and drinks that can stain your teeth. You’re doing everything you should to keep your mouth healthy, right?   Wrong! While you can and should do all of the things listed above, they’re not enough to keep your mouth healthy for the long term. To make sure your mouth is as healthy as can be, you need to visit the dentist every six months.   The reason for this is simple: there’s only so much you can do for your oral health on your own. Your dentist is here to help you fill in the gaps. Our dentist will keep your teeth clean, monitor your oral health, and more!

Keeping Your Teeth Clean

It’s essential to brush and floss your teeth on your own, but even the strictest oral hygiene routine can’t compare to the cleaning you’ll get at the dentist’s office. Your trained dental hygienist will make sure that every nook and cranny is sparkling clean, down to the gum line and below. This twice-yearly cleaning will help you preserve your dental health for the long term, too.

Monitoring Your Oral Health

Your dentist is trained to spot things that you can’t. Every six months, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of oral cancer. She’ll be on the lookout for signs of cavities and tooth decay. From time to time, she’ll also take X-rays to make sure that no problems are developing out of sight. Doing all of this allows the dentist to spot problems early, when they can more easily be corrected.

Improving Your Dental Education

If you regularly follow the news, you know that there are constantly new studies coming out showing the health benefits (or harms) of this or that. The same is true for dentistry. It’s a constantly evolving field, and the advice you were given ten, twenty, or thirty years ago might not be best practice today. The only way to stay on top of it all is to visit the dentist regularly. Your dentist will let you know about the latest findings and tell you if there’s anything you should be changing in your routine.

Make an Appointment Today!

With all of the above in mind, we have to ask: when was the last time you visited the dentist? If it was more than six months ago, make an appointment with us. We’re here to get your dental health back on track and make sure your mouth stays healthy for years to come. Give Sunrise Dental a call today.