Going to the dentist twice a year might seem like overkill, but regular dental checkups are key to maintaining your overall health. Here are three reasons to keep that appointment scheduled every six months:

1.  Keeping plaque and cavities in check

Even if you brush and floss every day, plaque can build up in places where you can’t remove it yourself. Your dentist can help clean out plaque before it turns into tartar, which erodes teeth and causes cavities. Take advantage of your dentist’s expertise–it’s what they’re here for!

2. Detecting gum disease

If your gums become painful and inflamed, it could be the first signs of gingivitis or gum disease. Gum disease breaks down your gum tissue, causing teeth to become detached and vulnerable. Regularly going to the dentist will help you and your doctor keep a close eye on these symptoms and stop them from further development.

3. Improving personal dental hygiene habits

Without regular visits to the dentist, you may not know that you’re grinding your teeth, flossing incorrectly or brushing too hard. Your dentist can identify dental issues caused by these bad habits and help you adjust for a healthier lifestyle.

What you might end up paying in the long run for not visiting your dentist will likely be much higher than investing in preventive care.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and what we can add will most likely save you money, too. However, we understand that not everyone has access to dental insurance. That’s why we established the Smile Plan, our in-house payment plan that covers exams, cleanings, X-rays and more for one affordable yearly fee. Learn more here!