We know that dental checkups are not on the top of everyone’s to-do list, but just like paying
taxes and visiting the DMV, it has to be done. Every patient should visit the dentist at least twice
a year to keep their smile clean and healthy, even if they have beautiful teeth that are brushed
every day. Visiting the dentist is more than just a reminder to floss; let’s explore some of the top
reasons why dental checkups are important for everyone:

Can​ ​You​ ​See​ ​the​ ​Back​ ​of​ ​Your​ ​Teeth?

Tartar and cavities aren’t easy to detect, even if they are on your more visible teeth. A trip to the
dentist gives you a better look at the shape of your teeth, and what your dental health may look
like down the road. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, you may be surprised at
how clear X-rays look nowadays. At your appointment, you and your dentist can get clear
images instantly, allowing you to talk about any issues in your mouth and how to address them.

An​ ​Extra​ ​Squeaky​ ​Clean

Even if you think you’re a superstar brusher and flosser, regular maintenance can’t keep your
teeth perfectly clean. A visit to the dentist can get rid of plaque and tartar that builds up in the
back of your teeth and in places where your brush and floss can’t reach. Think of your dentist
appointment as a reset button that you want to hit every six months. Without a cleaning, you run
the risk of letting tartar get out of control. Tartar can cause cavities, tooth loss, and tooth decay.

Your​ ​Oral​ ​Health​ ​Affects​ ​Your​ ​Overall​ ​Health

Caring for your teeth is caring for your whole body, and vice versa. Bad bacteria in your mouth
can spread to other parts of your body and cause an array of health problems. Scientists have
linked oral health (especially gum disease) to serious conditions including diabetes and heart
disease. On the other hand, taking new medications can affect your oral health; many
prescriptions cause dry mouth, reducing your ability to kill bacteria in your mouth. A regular
checkup with the dentist may address these problems and make an improvement in your overall

Dental​ ​Checkups​ ​Can​ ​Detect​ ​Cancer

You may not know it, but dental appointments double as a cancer screening. While you’re in the
dentist chair, the dentist may be checking your lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue for signs of oral
cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 50,000 American adults are
diagnosed with oral cancer each year; close to 10,000 people die from the disease each year.
The rate of death for oral cancer is so high because most cases are found too late; a trip to the
dentist may save a life.

Make​ ​an​ ​Appointment​ ​Today!

Dentist appointments aren’t just important for your oral health; your teeth and gums affect your
entire body. Do something positive for your health today by picking up the phone and making a
dental appointment.