Why Go to the Dentist Every 6 Months?

The rule that you should see a dentist every 6 months is generic advice. Depending on your health, dental hygiene, and other factors, you may need to see the dentist more frequently. In rare cases where there are no dental or health concerns, you may be able to reduce your visits to once a year.

Why See a Dentist at All?

Your dentist does more than examine and clean your teeth. The regular dental examination is used to check your lymph nodes, the condition of your lower jaw, and to check your mouth and tongue for diseases that could affect your teeth. The more serious the condition of your teeth and mouth, the more often you will need a checkup.

There are 3 Parts to Your Checkup:

Head and Neck Examination. This includes an examination of your face and neck, including your lower jaw joints, lymph nodes, and to screen for oral cancer or indications of …
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The Good and Bad of Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic dentistry experienced a renaissance in the 1980s as more and more Americans purchased do-it-yourself products to bleach their teeth. Americans now spend approximately 15 billion dollars annually on over-the-counter products and professional tooth whitening services.

The Rising Popularity of Teeth Whitening 

The Food and Drug Administration claims that whitening restores the tooth's natural sheen whereas bleaching whitens beyond the natural tooth's color. That said, most people consider tooth whitening and tooth bleaching to be virtually synonymous terms.

Teeth whitening is now the most sought after procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Americans spend tens of billions of dollars every year in efforts to improve their smiles. In fact, over 100 million Americans, or approximately one out of every three people you see, are reported to make an effort to whi…

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