We've all heard how vital it is to get routine dental cleanings and exams to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, but do you know how often you should come to see your Medina, OH dentist?
Patients who practice excellent at-home oral hygiene like daily brushing and flossing - and who don't seem to have any tooth pain or gum issues - can likely benefit from twice-yearly dental check-ups.
Most insurance providers will cover two cleanings per year, but not everyone takes advantage of their benefits. Seeing you every six months isn't a randomly chosen time frame; there are valid reasons behind it.
Our Never-Ending Battle Against Plaque
During your dental cleaning, Dr. Sinick's team meticulously removes plaque build-up from your teeth, but did you know that it starts to recolonize within 24 to 48 hours? Which isn't that big of a deal if you brush and floss every day, right? Plaque can still find a way to start building up, especially in hard to reach areas or between teeth.
Once plaque has created a spot for itself on your enamel, it will start to calcify. At this stage, only a dental professional can safely remove the tartar. Going to Sinick Family Dental every six months greatly reduces the chances of heavy plaque and tartar build-up that can harm your oral health.
Dental Check-Ups Identify Issues
Dental checkups allow us to take a look at your teeth, gums, and underneath the surface. If there are problems greater than plaque, we will immediately spot them. We look for signs of tooth decay, oral cancer, receding gums, and even signs of medical problems. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, so treating it immediately can lower your risk for a stroke or heart attack.
If it's been a long time since your last dental visit, it's not too late. There is no reason to feel bad, but we want to help if there is a dental issue.
To learn about our family dentistry practice in Medina, OH, call Sinick Family Dental or make an appointment online.