Unless there’s a health issue we’re trying to treat, it is generally recommended that you see a dentist every 6 months. While we stress preventative maintenance, many patients put off a trip to the dentist until it is too late to preemptively take care of their dental issues.

During an appointment, your dentist and the dental hygienist will examine your gums, check for cavities, and clean plaque and tartar accumulation. This is important to keep your teeth healthy and minimize the need for dental implants and other costly treatments later on. Keeping up on your dental checkups makes it easier for your dentist to track changes in your health and what will be covered by your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, this will give your dentist the opportunity to inform you about your other options, such as the Perfect Smile Dental Plan.

Regular visits to the dentist are also important because patients need to build a good relationship with their dentist. You don’t usually see a different dentist every visit, so it’s important to find someone who makes you feel comfortable and establishes good communication with you. As a bonus, if your kids see that you aren’t afraid of the dentist, they are less likely to fear the dentist themselves.

Not only should dentists keep your teeth healthy and establish a good rapport, but they can also help with sleep issues, such as sleep apnea. While your dentist won’t diagnose it, (s)he can send you to a sleep specialist. If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, your dentist can make a mouth guard specifically for your mouth that opens the airway and eliminates snoring.

If it’s time for your regular dental checkup, contact Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today to make an appointment with Dr. Makrauer or Dr. Miller.