Importance of Six Month Visits

Visiting the dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining good health. Although the visits are essential in reducing tooth decay, they can also uncover other issues that can threaten your health. Reina Garcia, your family dentist in Sudbury, MA, shares five Six Month Visitsreasons that these bi-annual dental visits are important.

Plaque and tartar removal

Plaque, a colorless film that contains bacteria, is the culprit in tooth decay. Every time you floss or brush, you remove plaque. Unfortunately, plaque can build up between the teeth and in other hard-to-reach places. When you don't get rid of plaque promptly, it hardens into a substance called tartar. Although tartar on your teeth isn't pretty, tartar that develops at the base of your teeth can cause gum disease. During your six month visit, special tools are used to remove plaque and tartar, reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

A brighter, fresher smile

During your six month visit, the dental hygienist will polish your teeth, removing surface stains that can dull teeth. Cleaning not only brightens your smile, but also freshens your breath.

Cavity identification

When cavities are small, you might not even know that there's a problem unless you have an X-ray during one of your six month dental appointments. When you visit Dr. Garcia regularly, she can spot those little problems and begin treatment before they can do more damage to your teeth.

Gum disease prevention

Each visit includes an examination of your gums. Dentists check for pockets, areas of the gums that have pulled away from the teeth. Bacteria can grow in pockets, and if untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss. Early diagnosis of gum disease can help prevent tooth loss and restore your gums to their normal healthy state.

Other health problems

The condition of your mouth can tell your dentist a lot about your general health. In fact, she might spot a health condition before you are even aware there's a problem. For example, high blood sugar can cause bleeding gums or gum disease, while receding gums and loose teeth can be a sign that your jawbone is shrinking due to osteoporosis. Your dentist can even tell if you suffer from acid reflux at night due to the erosion on the back of your teeth.

Don't put your health at risk. Visit your Sudbury, MA family dentist, Reina Garcia, every six months. Make an appointment today by calling (978) 443-5500.