Why Do I Need to See the Dentist Twice A Year?

You’ve probably heard that you’re supposed to see the dentist at least twice yearly, but if you maintain good oral hygiene, you may wonder why it’s still necessary to go so often. Although brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day are vitally important to your oral health, seeing your dentist regularly provides more benefits to your health than your at-home regimen can provide.

Oakton Dental Center would like to educate our patients on the importance of regular dental examinations. We provide comprehensive dentistry for those who simply need routine cleanings or those who have complicated or cosmetic questions in the Oakton, VA area. 

Why is Seeing the Dentist So Important?

Everyone agrees that you need to see your dentist when you’re having pain or a problem with your teeth or gums, but if you have good oral hygiene, you don’t really need to go twice a year, right? Wrong! Dentists like Dr. Abbas Ahrabi of Oakton Dental Center can spot potential problems that the average person wouldn’t be able to pick up, especially with X-rays, and a professional cleaning by Oakton’s team of talented dental hygienists will remove any hardened plaque, or tartar, from the teeth that cannot be removed by brushing alone.

When plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens to become tartar, it can cause cavities and gum disease, which can lead to poor overall health. Some health problems also show themselves in our mouths, such as autoimmune disorders, and your dentist will be able to help your rule out dental problems and point you in the direction of a physician that can help you with the underlying cause.

Why Else Would Someone Need a Dentist?

Our teeth are strong but accidents happen and even teeth can be injured. If you have been injured in an auto accident or sports mishap and there was trauma to the mouth or teeth, you’ll want to visit a dentist as soon as possible. If a tooth has been knocked out, there’s a possibility of saving the tooth if preserved properly and taken immediately to a dentist’s office. Most dentists keep emergency appointments open on their schedules for cases just like this.

You may also want to visit a dentist for a consultation about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants to replace missing teeth, porcelain veneers to cover damaged teeth, or invisible braces to straighten crooked teeth. Dr. Ahrabi consults with patients individually to determine the best cosmetic treatments for his patients’ dental goals and needs. Some cosmetic procedures can actually help to preserve your oral health and consequently your overall health, so seeing your dentist regularly is very important.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Oakton, VA

Oakton Dental Center provides complete, affordable, and compassionate dental care to families and individuals. Whether you are in need of your regular examination or have a cosmetic goal in mind for your smile, let us help you! Call (703) 938-3405 to schedule with Dr. Ahrabi or request an appointment online today!