If seeing your dentist is not on the top of your priority list, you are not alone. Only about 65% of American adults will visit their dentist this year. However, seeing your dentist the recommended two times a year is crucial to your oral health. Find out why these simple regular examinations and cleanings are so important with help from your Prairie Village, KS dentist at Prairie Village Dental Care.
Do I really need to see my dentist twice a year?
Yes! There are countless benefits to seeing your dentist for regular examinations. Some people might need to see their dentist more of less often, but the twice a year recommendation was created for the person of average risk for tooth decay and gum disease. If you smoke, eat lots of sweets or are of older age, you may need to see your dentist more often. Seeing your dentist regularly allows them to catch common oral health issues like cavities or plaque buildup before they become more serious conditions. Additionally, having your teeth cleaned regularly gives them a clean slate and prevents tooth decay which leads to gum disease.
How can I keep my teeth healthy between dental visits?
A strong at-home oral care routine is crucial to keeping your teeth healthy. Brush at least twice a day. Replace your toothbrush when it starts to show signs of wear, usually about every month. Floss at least once daily using a new piece of floss for each quadrant of your mouth. This cuts down on the spread of bacteria from one tooth to another. If you use mouthwash, do not rinse with water afterward. This gives the mouthwash extra time to work.
Need more information?
If you are curious about regular dental examinations or cleanings and want to know more information, please contact Dr. Terry C. Linneman at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS. Call (913) 649-7500 to speak with an associate about scheduling your regular dental examination today!