While visiting the dentist twice yearly to have your teeth cleaned may seem like an unnecessary burden, there are actually many health benefits to having regular dental checkups.

Here’s what you need to know.

Twice-yearly visits to the dentist can:

  • Prevent serious dental problems like gum disease, assess your overall general oral health, identify any problems before they become more serious, and screen for oral cancer. This will save money in the long run!
  • Keep your teeth free of plaque, which is the leading cause of tooth decay. Plaque is caused by bacteria, which can eat away at your tooth enamel and lead to cavities—a leading disease in children! Brushing and flossing are the bet ways to prevent plaque buildup, but seeing your dentist twice a year is also essential to removing the plaque.
  • Stop gum disease: tooth loss is often caused by plaque build up and unchecked build up can lead to periodontal (gum) disease and this can loosen teeth.
  • Many drinks and some food can stain your beautiful white teeth. Dental cleaning can remove stains and leave you with a brighter smile!
  • Taking good care of your teeth and gums by having regular dental cleanings and daily brushing and flossing is a great way to prevent the conditions that cause halitosis (bad breath)!