1/3 of Adults Went Without Seeing a Dentist Before the Pandemic

September 2, 2021

empty dental officeVisiting the dentist for regular check-ups is an essential part of anyone’s oral hygiene routine. Despite this common knowledge, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that millions of American adults have not seen a dentist in more than a year.

According to a new health survey, one-third of adults under 65 haven’t had a dental exam or cleaning in the past 12 months. Although the coronavirus pandemic has made dental visits more complicated, many people are simply unaware of how essential dental check-ups are for their oral health.

Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Dentists today do far more than just clean teeth and fill cavities. Routine dental exams are a critical part of preventative healthcare. You may be tempted only to visit the dentist when you have a toothache or other issue. However, preventive oral care can be used to spot and treat dental conditions before they become serious – saving you valuable time and money. Your routine exam also gives your dentist a chance to provide you with oral hygiene tips and other recommendations to care for your teeth.

During a dental exam, a hygienist will clean your teeth and check for signs of cavities or gum disease. Your dentist will evaluate any problems they find and check your face, neck, and mouth for any abnormalities. The exam helps your dentist assess your risk of developing oral health issues and may include an oral cancer screening, x-rays (radiographs), or other diagnostic procedures.

How to Schedule a Dental Exam

Ideally, you should visit a dentist twice per year for a dental exam. Even if you no longer have natural teeth, regularly scheduled check-ups will help you maintain your oral health and the effectiveness of your replacement teeth.

At My Dentist, we are committed to educating our patients and providing an unparalleled level of care. Whether you’re scheduling your first adult dental exam or searching for a new dentist, we are here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.