Why Should You See the Dentist Every 6 Months?

smoking oral health sterling vaYour at-home oral hygiene regimen is the best way to prevent tooth decay, so you might wonder why seeing the dentist is so important. While brushing and flossing at home are your primary defenses against cavities, seeing the dentist provides additional benefits to your oral health than your at-home habits alone.

Ridgetop Dental is a Sterling, VA dental practice providing comprehensive dentistry for all ages. Learn more about why your dental check-ups are so important.

Why is Seeing the Dentist So Important?

Going to the dentist is obvious when you’re having pain in your mouth or a problem with your teeth. What’s less obvious is what your dentist’s office can do for you when you aren’t having problems. Your dentist can spot potential problems that the average person may not notice, especially with X-rays, and a professional cleaning will remove hardened plaque from teeth to prevent cavities.

When tartar builds up on the teeth, it can cause cavities and gum disease, which are linked to poor overall health. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing alone and must be removed with special tools in our office. Some health problems also make appearances in the mouth, such as autoimmune disorders, and your dentist will be able to help you with finding the right treatment.

Why Else Would Someone Need a Dentist?

Accidents happen, even to the teeth. If you’re injured in an auto accident or sports injury and there was trauma to the mouth or teeth, you’ll want to visit a dentist. If a tooth gets knocked out, there’s a possibility of saving the tooth. Most dentists keep emergency appointments open for cases like this.

You may also want to consult a dentist for cosmetic dentistry questions such as implants, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign. Ridgetop Dental is a state-of-the-art dental implant practice and we consult with patients individually to determine the best cosmetic treatments for patients’ goals and needs. Some cosmetic procedures can actually preserve your oral health, so talking to a dentist can help keep your mouth healthy.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Northern VA

Ridgetop Dental provides complete, affordable, and compassionate dental care to families and individuals. Whether you need your regular checkup or have a cosmetic goal in mind, let us help your smile! Request an appointment online today!

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