Benefits of Regular Dental Visits [Updated]

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The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist at least every 6 months. Although, you may need to see our dentist more regularly if you have gum disease or other oral health issues that need close monitoring. During your visit, we’ll also take x-rays to examine what’s happening beneath the surface.

Improve Your Overall Health

Oral health is linked to the overall health of your body. For example, people with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease than people without diabetes. Likewise, periodontal disease can also make it more difficult for people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar. The healthier your mouth, the easier it can be to manage other medical conditions.

Your oral health also affects your diet. For example, people with missing teeth may only eat soft foods to avoid pain or discomfort. Your teeth may also be sensitive to hot and cold foods if you’ve lost enamel or your gums are receding. Our dentist can help you restore your oral health so you can enjoy a healthy, balanced diet.

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Remove Plaque and Tartar

Dental plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that lives on your teeth and gums. Over time, this plaque hardens into what is called “tartar.” While you can remove plaque at home by brushing and flossing, only a dental professional can remove tartar.

If left untreated, tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s important to see our dentist every 6 months.

Save Money

Dental insurance should fully cover teeth cleanings, x-rays, and other preventive care. If you don’t have insurance, learn more about our dental savings plan here.

It’s less expensive to catch oral health problems early. For example, it costs less to restore a tooth with a filling than a dental crown. The bigger the cavity, the more invasive and expensive the treatment.

If you’re prone to getting cavities, we may recommend dental sealants. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating we paint onto the chewing surface of your molar. This stops plaque from hiding in tiny cracks and divots where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. In other words, dental sealants help prevent cavities from forming in the first place.

Avoid Issues Common for Your Age Group

Your oral health needs will change as you grow older. Yet, it’s important to understand that poor oral health is not inevitable. On the contrary, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime as long as you take good care of your teeth and gums.

Certain age groups are more susceptible to oral health problems. About 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontitis according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Likewise, tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease in the United States. Our dentist will be able to help you avoid these issues so you can keep smiling.

Improve the Appearance of Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a healthy smile. During your next appointment, our dentist can help you explore your options for cosmetic dentistry. We offer teeth whitening, veneers, Six Month Smiles®️, and dental bonding.

Request an Appointment With Us

Dr. Adam Gibson is dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy smiles for life. To request an appointment with our dentist in Columbus, OH, call Gibson Dental at (614) 878-9562.