Even though it’s important to see your dentist twice a year for routine checkups, many Americans still don’t make it a priority. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that 42% of Americans don’t visit their dentist as often as they’d like, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that only 64% of adults aged 18-64 had a dental visit in 2017. That means there are plenty of individuals that don’t go to the dentist!
There are many positive reasons to keep up with your semi-annual dental visits. Let’s discuss five reasons to visit your dentist at the Yuba City Dentistry Group.
Pain — Clearly, oral pain is one of the primary reasons to see your dentist. People don’t have dental pain on a whim — your body is telling you something’s not right! Toothaches, gum pain, jaw, or neck pains are common symptoms of cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, or infection. Jaw or neck pain, and morning headaches, are also symptoms of bruxism or TMJ.
Orthodontics — Aligners, retainers, or other appliances work best with regular inspection. To make sure they’re working properly, it’s vital to keep your dental appointments. Putting off your visits might affect your smile or require an even longer period before the orthodontic treatment is complete.
Tobacco — Any use of tobacco can debilitate your health, especially your oral health. That’s because smoking and tobacco use increases your risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer. Reports indicate that vaping is likewise harmful to your health and your life.
Pregnancy — Being pregnant requires a delicate balance of health for the sake of the child. Gum disease may be linked with low birth weights and early births. Keeping your teeth and gums clean during pregnancy may therefore aid the unborn child to be born healthy.
Semi-Annual Visits — No matter how dedicated you are to your daily oral hygiene routine, regular brushing and flossing will not remove 100% of plaque and tartar buildup. Keeping your semiannual visits to the Yuba City Dentistry Group allows us to remove what your brushing cannot, giving your teeth and gums a respite and reducing the risk of gum disease and cavities.
Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to come in and visit the Yuba City Dentistry Group. If you’d like to know more of them, give us a call to schedule an appointment or use our convenient form here on our website. Whatever your reasons for coming in, we’re always happy to see you!