The saying goes “Prevention is the best medicine.” This is especially true in dentistry.
Think of it like this: when you keep up with timely oil changes on your car—as part of a regular maintenance program—then your car delivers peak performance.
Your oral health care works the same way. Regular dental appointments are important because they give us an opportunity to:
– Clean your teeth and tartar below the gum. (Tartar or calculus cannot be removed with brushing alone.)
– Check for signs of early gum disease and tooth decay.
– Polish your teeth to whiten your smile.
– Inspect your crowns, bridges, fillings, and partials to make sure they are in good condition.
– Most importantly, provide an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer treatment of the head and neck is most successful when caught early.
Your dentist will recommend more regular intervals of 3-4 months if you fall into one of these high risk groups:
– Periodontal disease
– Autoimmune disorders
– Pregnant women
– High risk for dental cavities or plaque build-up
There may be other times when you need to see your dentist. These include:
– Tooth pain even if the pain subsides, it is best to address the underlying cause.
– Change in color, shape, size or non-healing lesion on your head, neck or mouth.
– Inflamed gums or bad breath may be a sign of early gum disease.
– Extreme sensitivity to hots or colds may an indicator of decay.
– Headaches may be a sign of clenching or grinding of teeth.
Today is a great day to schedule your dental checkup. We look forward to seeing you soon.