The Importance Of Checkups

Checkups are absolutely mandatory if you want to live without cavities, and if you want to avoid emergency appointments and the fees that come with them. The importance of checkups for avoiding any and all emergencies (except trauma caused by accidents or unwise decisions), including the most serious ones just cannot be overstated. And there is some alarming news in that regard. 

Once every six months

In a recent study, it turned out that one in three Americans has not been to the dentist in over a year. America is one of the most look conscious nations on Earth, and yet two thirds of them have no qualms openly admitting that they have not seen the dentist in over a year. In Europe the situation is of course much worse, as Europeans tend to have worse teeth, and there are no official statistics because Europe is not just one nation, and getting statistics that span the whole continent is nearly impossible, with the lack of a comprehensive centralized institution to do so. 

Why checkups

You simply cannot clean all of the parts of your mouth with at home oral care where bacteria might be present. You cannot clean underneath the gums, and you cannot clean out the soft tissues in your gums, even if you use floss and use mouthwash twice a day. 

The other reason is that in case something is going wrong, the dentist will be able to spot it before it gets out of hand. This can mean the difference between life and death, in the case of a developing oropharyngeal cancer, for example, but it can also save you a lot of money, like not waiting for that minor pre-cavity to turn into a root canal worthy situation. Prevention is always less costly than fixing an existing problem. 

What should happen at a checkup

A check up is not just a chat with your doctor and an examination of what’s going on every six months. The dentist should also scale the roots of your teeth and clean your gums out, not to mention remove any and all plaque and tartar that may have piled up in the last six months. So you should be in there for a minimum of 15 minutes if you go on the regular, and something closer to half hour or forty five minutes if you are not the one for regular check ups.

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