When it comes to your yearly physical, you’ve just made it a habit to go. The same should hold true for your dentist. You should be keeping up with your recommended visits for four main reasons that we’re going to go over below.

To Detect Problems While They’re Small

Most dentists will recommend having x-rays done on your teeth at least once per year. This way, they can detect any issues like cavities when they’re small. When these problems get detected early, they can be fixed with relative ease. If you don’t have regular visits and just wait until your tooth hurts to go in, the cavity will likely be a large problem that will be more costly to repair.

Check for Gum Disease

Gum disease can happen for a number of reasons. Your Medicaid dentist will check your gums each time you go in for a recommended visit to ensure there is no disease present. If they detect any signs of potential gum disease, they can alert you to the issue and help you remedy the problem before it gets any worse. If gum disease is left untreated, it can result in way more serious issues with your jaw.

To Remove Excess Plaque

When you go to your recommended dental visits, you’ll get a dental cleaning. This is an in-depth cleaning that ensures all excess plaque buildup between the teeth gets removed. The plaque buildup between teeth is the leading cause of gum disease and cavities. It can be hard to get deep in between the teeth with your toothbrush. The dental hygienist has various tools that can help them to get in those hard to reach places to remove excess plaque buildup.

Promote Good Oral Health Habits

The concept of going to the dentist regularly helps to instill in your child’s mind the importance of oral health. Consider each dentist visit an exam that you should be passing with flying colors. You’ll be more likely to keep up with good oral health habits like brushing multiple times per day and flossing if you regularly get your teeth checked.

As you can see, showing up for your recommended dental visits is a must. The above are just four of the many reasons you should be on a regular schedule with your dentist. Remember that once you go in for your first appointment, it will be much easier to keep going back on a regular basis for more.

About the author

Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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