Why do I need to go to the dentist regularly?

It depends on how much you want to keep your teeth. The standard timeframe of professional cleanings and exams by the team at Centennial Dental Center isn’t arbitrary. Six months is about the length of time that tartar forms and begins to make its inexorable move under your gumline. No matter how good a brusher and flosser you are, everyone forms some degree of tartar in areas such as the inside of the bottom incisors. As this tartar grows, it begins to extend under the gumline. This begins to irritate the gums, a process known as gingivitis. Left unattended, gingivitis turns into periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease. Gum disease means infection, tooth loss, and serious oral and other health concerns.

Or, you can keep your twice-yearly cleanings and exams and keep a healthy mouth.

When we see you every six months, we also are able to see signs of oral cancer or gum disease before they really take over. Plus, if we catch decay in a tooth early, it’s much easier to remove and fill than when a tooth has extensive decay that’s been left for months.