Establish a teeth cleaning schedule for the coming year along with some health-centered New Year’s resolutions. Make 2019 a year for improvements in your health, diet and life. Scheduling your dental exams and teeth cleaning twice a year should be on your list of things to do in 2019.
Enlisting the help of Dr. Niles with your health-centered goals can provide you with all the benefits that advanced dentistry can offer. Dr. Niles is committed to both your overall health and oral wellness. Dr. Niles personally strives to be an example of keeping your teeth and body healthy with a balanced diet, proper exercise, and plenty of sleep.
Why See the Dentist Twice a Year?
Taking care of your teeth means more than brushing and flossing. Professional teeth cleaning removes the bacteria that causes plaque to form. Plaque can begin to develop in your mouth in hard-to-reach places within 24 to 48 hours after a professional cleaning. Even if you practice great dental care at home, plaque build-up is inevitable.
The longer plaque stays in place, the more it will calcify onto your teeth. Once it reaches this stage, you won’t be able to remove it yourself. If you have professional teeth cleaning twice a year, you are less likely to experience a heavy plaque and tartar buildup.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) you should see your dentist for a professional cleaning and examination every six months. Scheduled times are set at specific intervals because tooth decay develops in a predictable pattern. Once plaque transforms into tartar, it can only be removed by dental professionals.
Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, you may need to see your dentist more than twice a year. That’s why it’s important to have a scheduled visit with Dr. Niles to see what she recommends for YOUR teeth. Scheduling dental examinations every six months is an essential part of healthy living. In between scheduled visits, it’s important to continue to brush and floss every day and pay attention to your oral health.
Other Important Reasons to See Your Dentist Twice a Year
- Oral Cancer Detection – Oral cancer is easily treatable in the early stages. If not diagnosed, it can quickly progress and become life threatening. Dr. Niles is highly trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and with regular dental checkups every six months, catching oral cancer symptoms in the early stages. Saving your life should put regular dental exams at the top of your list of resolutions. There are other preventative and diagnostic reasons to see Dr. Niles. Check out her website for other reasons to make that appointment.
- Head, Neck, and Lymph Node Checks – Besides checking your mouth for oral cancer, your dentist will also check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes, for any swelling, lumps, or other irregularities. If an abnormality is found it could be a sign of a major health issue, and you will be referred to the appropriate medical professional. Swollen lymph nodes do not necessarily hurt, but Dr. Niles can recognize signs of certain kinds of cancer or other diseases that require immediate attention. Regular dental checkups could prevent you from a serious disease if identified early. A dental patient in this article, credits her dentist with saving her life after checking her neck. This just goes to show how integral routine dental check-ups are, not only for your teeth and gums, but in this case her thyroid.
- Gum Disease – Plaque and tartar buildup cause tooth decay and erode the mouth’s gum tissues. Tartar buildup causes the gums to pull away from the tooth, commonly known as gingivitis. As it progresses, tissue that attaches gums to the teeth breaks down and is formally known as gum disease. At this point you’re likely to have swelling, bleeding, or soreness in the mouth. Gum disease doesn’t only attack the gums, it also causes deterioration of the bone that holds teeth in place. It is common at this point to see teeth working loose or falling out and drastic treatment methods will have to be taken. Treatment of gum disease can include surgery, extremely deep cleaning, and medication. With regular dental appointments, Dr. Niles is able to catch problems, such as gingivitis, where treatment can be initiated before it progresses to that state.
- X-Rays Find Problems in Your Mouth That Are Not Otherwise Detected – Another critical reason to see Dr. Niles every six months is getting your teeth and jaw bone x-rayed. Damage to the jawbone can be detected along with any bone decay, swelling, cysts, or tumors, all of which cannot be seen with the naked eye. Finding these or any other major oral issues as soon as possible is critical in order to properly treat them. Especially with destructive diseases that show little to no symptoms but progress quickly, up-to-date x-rays and twice-a-year checkups are the best way to keep on top of your oral health.
Are Dental Checkups Worth the Effort?
Don’t overlook the importance of your dental cleaning and check-up appointments. Although it may not seem so essential, oral problems can develop and progress quickly, whether you notice it or not. By keeping on top of your teeth cleanings and checkups you’re doing yourself a big favor in the long run.
Dr. Niles is not only concerned with your teeth, her goal is to ensure that your mouth and gums are healthy. She also checks for abnormalities that could be sabotaging your oral or physical health.
Niles Family Dentistry is located in Niwot, Colorado and proudly serves patients living in Niwot, Longmont and Boulder and other areas of northern Colorado. So, put your new 2019 calendar to work and schedule two visits with Dr. Niles at (720) 744-0001. Call now, before the days and weeks fly by and one year blends into another!