In any case, the best way to keep your teeth functioning well and looking good is to practice good oral hygiene. And one of the best ways to do that is by keeping a regular schedule of dental cleaning and screening appointments.
Preventive dental care helps keep your smile healthy for years. Visiting your dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and exam will help prevent small problems from becoming big ones.
If a tooth has only a small cavity and it’s detected early, a small restoration can be placed on the tooth before more tooth structure becomes involved. However, delaying preventive visits might mean a small cavity turns into a big one before it’s found.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 percent of children aged 5 to 19 have untreated cavities, and for adults aged 20 to 44, the number rises to more than 30 percent.
Statistics show that parents are pretty good about getting their children dental care — with almost 85 percent seeing a dentist in 2014, the last year of the survey — but they won’t as good about going themselves. The percentage of adults who had seen the dentist in the year surveyed was only 64 percent. The number dropped slightly for older adults; only 63 percent of those over the age of 65 had had dental care in the past year.
Yet visiting Dr. Max Lingo for preventive care once or twice a year can help you avoid common oral complications that cause discomfort or result in expensive treatments later on.
And yes, even if you are the best brusher and flosser in the world and you generally have healthy teeth and gums, you should still have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. A professional cleaning can remove the plaque and tartar buildup that even the best electric toothbrush can’t clean away.
Seeing your dentist regularly also helps establish a baseline of your oral health that the dentist can use to identify risks and problems before they become serious issues later on.