Coming in regularly for exams and cleanings is important, not only to keep your teeth healthy but also to protect your overall health and well-being. If you don’t have your next appointment scheduled, or if you are thinking of skipping your 6-month mark, take a look at these important reasons to attend.
1. Look Good
During a dental checkup, your dentist will usually take the opportunity to clean dental plaque and tartar from your teeth. After the appointment, you might notice that your teeth look whiter and more attractive.
2. Feel Good
Dental checkups can save you a lot of pain in the future. We can spot the early signs of cavities long before they spread to the sensitive inner part of the tooth. Wouldn’t you rather have your dentist fill a tooth early on rather than wait until you have a terrible toothache?
3. Save Money
Although there is a cost associated with dental checkups, this cost is typically much lower than the price of major dental work. Compare a routine checkup with the price of a root canal or dental implant, and you will see that taking care of your teeth makes financial sense.
4. Save Your Teeth
If you only visit the dentist when you have a toothache, you might find that the damage is too extensive to save the tooth. Although our goal is to always try to help you keep your own teeth, sometimes the only option is to pull a tooth that has been neglected for a long time. Replacing teeth with dental implants is expensive and invasive, so it is much better to keep your own teeth if you can.
5. Get Checked for Gum Disease
Gum disease is a very common condition that periodontists can successfully treat. However, if you let gum disease progress without intervention, then it can lead to tooth loss and even the loss of bone density in your jaw. Attend checkups regularly so we can assess the health of your gums and provide treatment if necessary.
6. Get Checked for Cancer
You might not realize it, but one thing that we do during a checkup is to look for signs of oral cancer. This form of cancer is very treatable if caught during its early stages but can be fatal if left to progress. Through early diagnosis, your next dental checkup could literally save your life.
Please give us a call to schedule your appointment and protect your teeth and your health.