Why You Need Biannual Teeth Cleanings
By Dr. Ruster
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health

These simple routine dental checkups could save you a lot of time and money.

If it’s been more than six months since the last time you visited our East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Brian Ruster for a dental cleaning then you are doing your smile a great disservice. These biannual teeth cleanings are incredibly important, even if you are a stickler for proper home care and brushing and flossing techniques. Here’s why you shouldn’t skip out on your next biannual teeth cleaning.

Can’t I just come in once a year?

We understand that between busy schedules and perhaps even a small fear of the dentist, you may not be looking forward to those twice a year visits to the dentist’s office; however, you need to visit your East Lansing, MI, family dentist once a year at the very least.

However, if you are at high risk for cavities and gum disease, or you’re someone who doesn’t floss regularly or brush as often as they should, then you absolutely need to come in twice a year. Everyone’s case is different, and we’d be happy to discuss how often you should come into our office for a checkup during your next appointment.

What is the purpose of these checkups and cleanings?

Our dental team’s overarching goal is to make sure to provide your smile with the care it needs to protect against oral health problems. All too often we see cavities and gum disease, which can lead to serious issues such as tooth loss, gum loss, and bone damage. Most of these problems are avoidable, which is why seeing a dentist every six months is one of the best ways (along with good home oral care practices) to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Won’t I know it if there’s a problem?

Many people assume that they will experience a nasty toothache or other symptoms when oral problems arise; however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, gingivitis doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it’s progressed into periodontal disease. At that point, this can lead to receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and loose teeth.

However, by coming into our office for regular checkups every six months we can catch decay and gingivitis early when it’s much easier to treat and there isn’t a significant amount of damage. Plus, your oral health is a window into your general health. Certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and anemia can often be detected through changes in the appearance of your teeth and gums, which our family dentist can pinpoint.

If you want to keep your smile healthy, it’s important that you and your family visit our East Lansing, MI, dentist twice a year for checkups, exams, and cleanings to make sure your smile stays healthy. Call (517) 351-8442 to schedule appointments for the whole family.