The first day of spring is only a week and a half away, and with temperatures warming up, many of us have already started on our spring cleaning to-do list, but is a dental checkup part of it? While we tend to clean our homes from top to bottom this season, your teeth and gums are just as important to include on your list. That’s why Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following reasons why spring is the perfect time to schedule a dental checkup.
Semi-Annual Dental Checkups
Typically, we recommend visiting your Boise dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. These checkups are critical to catching any decay, treating plaque build-up, and assessing your oral health to ensure your mouth remains healthy in-between visits. Not only will we clean your pearly whites, but we will also detect any issues that may arise down the road. This will ensure your teeth remain healthy and in good shape. The things a dentist looks for during a checkup often include:
While extremely common, tooth decay causes destruction to a tooth’s enamel based on a wide variety of factors. In fact, tooth decay is so common that nearly 95% of people will develop a cavity at some point in their lives. Digital X-rays help to detect cavities and other issues early on.
Checking for Gum Disease
Many people throughout the Treasure Valley don’t realize that they have gum disease until they visit their Boise dentist. As a chronic bacterial infection, gum disease affects the gums and the bone supporting your teeth. It can also affect your cardiovascular health. That’s why it’s essential to treat it as early as possible to prevent tooth loss and other health issues.
Checking for Gingivitis
As a milder form of gum disease, gingivitis is easily treated when caught early. Typically, regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings will improve the Gingivitis condition. While this may sound like an easy solution, many people don’t take the time to floss or visit their Boise dentist for semi-annual cleanings.
Check Your Fillings
Your dentist will examine your teeth and make sure any fillings you might have are intact and in good shape. Skipping semi-annual checkups can result in an undetected cracked or broken filling that can cause you pain or discomfort. During your appointment, your Boise dentist will check for any damaged fillings and follow up with a treatment plan to have them repaired.
Check For Oral Cancer
Unfortunately, there is always the possibility of developing oral cancer. However, your Boise dentist will check for any signs of it and point you in the right direction for treatment. This is another critical reason to schedule a spring checkup.
Summit Dental Group
From the things listed above, we hope you better understand why regular cleanings are beneficial to your overall well-being and oral health. If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Summit Dental Group by filling out our online form or give our downtown office a call at (208) 345-8962 today.