You’ve probably been told since you were young that you’re supposed to see the dentist every 6 months, but still wonder why it’s necessary if you have good oral hygiene. Although brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every day are vital to maintaining your oral hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly provides more benefits to your health than your at-home routine can provide.
Red Maple Dental is an Asheville, NC dental practice that provides comprehensive dentistry for both patients who need routine cleanings and those who have more complicated or cosmetic needs.
Why is Seeing the Dentist So Important?
It’s understandable that you would go to the dentist when you’re having pain or a problem with your teeth, but if you have good oral hygiene, why do you still need to go twice yearly? Your dentist can detect potential problems in your mouth that the average person would be unable to see, especially with X-rays, and a professional cleaning will safely remove any hardened plaque, or tartar, from the teeth that your toothbrush alone cannot remove.
When tartar is allowed to build up on teeth, it can cause cavities and gum disease, which are have been linked to somatic issues such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke and heart disease.
Why Else Would Someone Need a Dentist?
Accidents happen and even teeth are at risk. If you’re injured in an auto accident or sports injury and there was trauma to the mouth or teeth, you’ll want to visit a dentist as soon as possible. If a tooth gets knocked out by trauma, there’s a possibility of saving the tooth. Most dentists have emergency appointments built into their schedules for cases like this.
You may also want to consult a dentist for cosmetic dentistry questions such as filling in gaps in your smile with dental implants, using porcelain veneers to cover damage to your teeth, or invisible braces to discreetly correct crooked teeth. Dr. Shawna Hoffert of Red Maple Dental consults with patients individually to determine the best cosmetic treatments for patients’ goals and needs. Some cosmetic procedures can actually preserve your oral health, so talking to a dentist can help keep your mouth healthy.
Comprehensive Dental Care in Asheville, NC
Red Maple Dental provides complete, and compassionate dental care to families and individuals. Whether you need your next routine 6 month checkup or have a cosmetic goal in mind, let us help you smile your best smile! Request an appointment by phone at (828)-358-1925 or schedule online today!