Did you know that only half of adults say they visit their dentist every six months like they’re supposed to? This is not good. You cannot — absolutely cannot — underestimate the importance of going to your routine dentist appointments. Here’s why:
You May Be on Track for a Dental Disease
Research shows that one in four adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day, including one-third of men. Failing to brush like you’re supposed to allows plaque to build up and eventually forms tartar, a hard, sticky, yellow substance at the bottom of teeth. Once tartar is there, it can lead to a number of serious dental issues. It’s no wonder why as many as 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.
Dentists Will Help Prevent Diseases, Too
In addition to combating whatever oral health issues you may presently be dealing with, dentists will also perform a series of tests and checks to prevent any other health issues from arising, like periodontal disease, tooth decay, and gum disease.
They’ll Also Clean Your Teeth
Lastly, your dentist will clean your teeth. They’ll get those awful stains that coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and other products leave behind, all of which can actually tarnish your beautiful smile. This matters a lot more than you might think, as people put a lot of stock in a person’s smile. Research shows that 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex, and that about three in four people (74%) feel an unattractive smile can hurt their career success.
True, cosmetic dentists’ dental procedures can help restore your smile, but the fact of the matter is that you need to take care of your smile, regardless. That means that you need to go to your general dentist appointment.
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