Most people know the importance of getting regular dental checkups, yet many people still neglect their dental health. You may resist a checkup due to dental phobia, lack of time, concern about being lectured for poor oral hygiene or any number of reasons. When you avoid regular checkups, you may find yourself at the dentist only when dental emergencies come up. Because the treatments for dental emergencies can be painful, this may exacerbate issues like dental phobia or make you feel even more self-conscious about your oral hygiene. The best way to avoid these painful and embarrassing dental emergencies, however, is to take control of your oral health and see your dentist for regular checkups.
Most dentists recommend you receive a dental check up every six months. In some cases, however, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups; for instance, if you suffer from advanced diabetes. Consult with your dentist to determine exactly how often you should visit.
Some of the advantages of regular dental checkups are:
It is easy to let your oral health problems get out of control. Many conditions, such as tooth decay, do not become painful until significant damage has been done. Don’t put your teeth and your health at risk. Visit your dentist regularly; doing so may allow you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.