You may think of the spring as a time for cleaning house. And while your kitchen may need a deep scrub, your closets cleared of clutter, it could be that your smile is even more in need of a good spring cleaning. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup, let this change of seasons serve as a reminder that preventive care, like regular cleanings, are essential to maintaining great oral health, not to mention keeping your smile looking its best. And who doesn’t want that?
What More Can You Do to Care for Your Smile?
Your teeth and gums should be a source of pride, not insecurity, much less discomfort. But maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile requires regular dental hygiene and bi-annual checkups and cleanings. These appointments allow the dentist to remove any plaque buildup that has developed, as well as to catch any burgeoning dental problems, such as cavities, or gingivitis. Caught early, many dental problems can be treated simply, with minimally invasive restorative care. But left untreated, most problems will only worsen, leading to increased risk of dental pain, infection or even the need for an extraction.
So make sure you schedule checkups regularly. For most patients, preventive dentists recommend six-month checkups, though you could require more frequent visits if you’re already struggling with an issue like gum disease.
And in between cleanings, don’t neglect your dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing are your best preventive steps, to be taken at home. So make sure you incorporate them into your daily routine.