You probably know that clean teeth mean healthy teeth, and that brushing and flossing are important to achieving this. Good oral hygiene habits also have other benefits such as an attractive smile, reducing bad breath, and preventing tooth decay along with other oral health issues. However, many people do not realize that part of a good oral hygiene regimen is visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning on a regular basis. At Sferra Dental in New York City, we want to emphasize the importance of these visits.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental cleanings once every six months for most people. Some adults in their 20s or 30s who have a good oral health history may only need to visit the dentist once a year. Others who have had issues in the past may need to visit more frequently, every three months.
A big part of maintaining good oral health is starting treatment early. Though it’s still possible that some oral health issues may arise, developing a good oral hygiene regimen that includes regular dental visits is a good way to minimize the risk. These appointments are also opportunities for your dentist to discover other health-related issues. Stress, diabetes, acid reflux, and oral cancer can all be identified by your dentist, so visiting him regularly gives you the chance to catch these issues early on.
So, when was your last visit to the dentist office? If it has been more than six months, it might be a good idea to contact the offices of Dr. Sferra in New York, NY to schedule a dental cleaning and exam.