It’s important to keep up with your dentistry, even as an adult. It’s a lot easier to do when you’re a kid, as your parents take care of the scheduling and appointments, dragging you there every few months whether you like it or not. Even as a young adult or college student, you likely have appointments magically appear for you when you’re home on college break.
After you’re out on your own, things become considerably harder. Your job might offer a dental plan option, but did you sign up for it? Or did you decline it thinking your teeth are fine and healthy and you’d rather save the money?
It’s unfortunate that dental appointments aren’t often covered by general health insurance, considering how important oral health is. Even if you brush twice a day, rinse with a mouthwash daily, and floss regularly, you still need to have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year by a trained technician and then looked over by an actual dentist.
There are many reasons why this is critical, ranging from preventing cavities to identifying tooth decay or gum disease far in advance. The sooner an issue is detected, the more likely it is that something can be done about it.
Keeping your original teeth is a lot cheaper and healthier in the long run than getting the many kinds of fixtures or replacements that are out there, but modern dentistry does often make it possible to get things done that blend right in with your remaining healthy teeth or even flat out replace them all.
Still, with the right combination of self-care and semiannual dentistry appointments, you can keep your mouth in great shape and hopefully avoid having to do anything like this in your own future.