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Going to the dentist twice a year may seem like overkill. After all, why do you need annual visits to make sure your teeth are clean?

This is a common misconception among those who don’t understand the importance of regular dental appointments. There’s far more in a regular checkup than cleaning your teeth with grainy toothpaste and a circular brush. Let’s look at what else is involved in a checkup.

Cavity Detection

Perhaps the most important aspect of regular dental exams is the opportunity your dentist has to detect any cavities in your teeth. Cavities can become a serious problem – leading to tooth decay and even tooth death – if left untreated. Catching them early is best when looking to treat them, and that can usually only be accomplished during a regular dental exam.

Tartar Removal

If you get lazy with your brushing habits, plaque can build up around your gums. When plaque is left around your gums and not removed with thorough brushing and flossing, it hardens and turns into tartar. This substance causes gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease.

Here at Smiley Dental Buckner, tartar removal is part of a regular checkup. Tartar is hard enough that you can’t remove it at home.

While it may seem like going to the dentist twice a year is a bit much, it’s worth it to ensure that you don’t end up with cavities or tartar that could turn into gingivitis. If you’re overdue for your appointment, call us today at 972.616.0060 to schedule one.