How often do you go for your dental checkup? We got to speak with a Bridgewater Dentist, Dr. Bassil, on the importance of routine dental checkups. Dr. Bassil from Bridgewater Family Dental in New Jersey has been in practice for 22 years. He sees up to 40 patients a day whose ages range between 4 and 90 years old. When it comes to dental checkups, dentists suggest that patients should make an appointment every six months. During these appointments, a routine check for gum disease is done. “You could have the most beautiful teeth, but if your gums and bones are not healthy, then you will lose all of your teeth,” according to Dr. Bassil. Other important checkups that occur are cavity and infection checks. When the cavities are small, then it can be easily cleaned with a simple filling. However, for patients who do not come in for their routine visit, their cavities can progressively become more considerable, leading them to need a root canal. Not only is it a more extended procedure to get this treated, but is it also costlier.
Moreover, some believe that if they practice good dental hygiene, such as brushing their teeth after every meal and flossing, they do not need to come in every six months. But Dr. Bassil has confirmed that everyone should always get their dental checks routinely. Even if one follows good dental hygiene, “some patients may have issues and not notice any symptoms,” according to Dr. Bassil.
It has become more of an issue currently, with many dental offices being closed due to COVID-19. Dr. Bassil stated, “The longer dental practices remain closed to preventative care and treatment for early forms of dental disease; the more likely the patient’s untreated disease will progress, increasing the complexity and cost for treatment down the road.” When minor issues are left untreated, not only can these issues go to the roots of their teeth, it can also harm the rest of their body.
Therefore, not getting a routine six-month dental checkup won’t only affect your teeth or mouth, but it can also change and be harmful to one’s general health. Not only is it essential to follow proper dental hygiene daily, but patients must follow up with their dentist and go in for checkups. The health of your teeth, gums, and mouth is vital, but the one’s overall health is essential, and Dr. Bassil and his office states that “The overall goal of their office is to improve the general health of patients by improving their dental health.”