A Fresh Start

Q: How frequently should I visit the dentist?

A: Most experts agree that twice a year is a general frequency for dental exams. That would vary, of course, depending on an individuals oral health condition. Here’s the important thing: If you haven’t seen your dentist for a while, go now. It’s the season for fresh starts. If you’re going to keep one resolution in 2010, let it be to visit the dentist. Make an appointment for a cleaning and an exam.

During the cleaning, either your dentist or a dental hygienist will scrape plaque and tartar off your teeth. The process will not only leave your mouth feeling fresh and your teeth smooth and crisp, but removing plaque and tartar from the gum line will also reduce your chances of developing periodontal disease and cavities.

If you’re visiting your dentist at least twice a year, think January and July, any problem he or she may detect has had only six months to develop. It is a lot easier to solve a problem of short duration than it is to solve a long-standing one. Your oral health is an important facet of your overall health and having your regular exam and cleaning will help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. Periodontal disease is clearly linked to heart disease and diabetes, so if you have one of these other conditions it is even more important to maintain regular dental visits. So while we’re on the subject of resolutions, the start of the New Year would also be a good time to call your physician, as well as your dentist, for an exam.

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For more information or questions, please visit us on the web at http://www.chipsdentalLLC.com/

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