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Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Bi-Annual Dental Checkup

Like the American Dental Association (ADA), Peter Lee, DDS of Today’s Dentistry in San Jose, CA, recommends his patients come in for routine exams and professional cleanings every six months. Bi-annual dental visits are crucial to maintaining optimal oral health and detecting potential problems at their earliest, most treatable stage. 

Keep your teeth and gums squeaky clean

Even patients who are diligent about their home dental care – brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day – need professional cleanings. With professional tools and techniques, a dental hygienist or dentist can tackle hard-top-reach spots that none of us can on our own. Debris between teeth and left in other tough-to-reach places can turn into tartar and plaque, causing severe gum disease and even tooth loss.

Detect and treat issues early

Bi-annual dental visits allow your dentist to check for signs of periodontal disease and detect cavities before they escalate to severe issues. In their early stages, gum disease and cavities don’t cause pain and therefore go unnoticed. Your dentist’s visual exam and X-rays help diagnose problems, from gum recession to cracks in your teeth,  early when they are most easily remedied. Left untreated, cavities can erode the tooth, requiring a root canal or removal. 

Preventing gum disease can also help prevent other health problems. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes.

Check for signs of oral cancer

To check for red or white patches, mouth sores, lumps, or other abnormalities that could indicate oral cancer. As with all health conditions, early detection is key to a positive outcome. 

If you have conditions like periodontitis, Dr. Lee may suggest more frequent appointments. To schedule your dental exam and cleaning, contact us online or by phone.

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