Routine preventive dental care can protect your teeth for a lifetime, and allow your dentist to catch possible problems before they turn into an emergency when you just happen to be out of town on a Saturday night.
Most patients have preventive care appointments twice each year. At these appointments your hygienist removes disease causing bacteria, tartar, and screens for possible problems like old restorations, cavities, oral cancer and other problems. Your dentist may also prescribe annual bitewing x-rays to screen for developing decay or bone loss between the teeth, areas that cannot be seen during a visual exam.
By finding possible problems early on, dental treatment can be less invasive, less expensive, and easier to perform. Putting off procedures like routine dental cleanings or x-rays can allow bacteria, gum disease and decay to exist and create severe problems that affect your entire smile. Waiting until symptoms are present before pursuing any type of dental care usually means that your needs are more advanced and will require more invasive treatment to repair the tooth. What just needed a filling last year, may now require root canal therapy and a crown this year. Or worse, it could mean losing your tooth in a few months! Sacrificing a single tooth creates a chain reaction throughout the mouth.
If it’s been a while since you’ve last had any type of preventive dental care, that’s ok! Most people go through a period where they are without insurance, are too busy, or had a valid reason why they were unable to see the dentist. Your dentist is prepared to help you get your oral health back on track and up to par where it needs to be, so that you can easily maintain it for the rest of your life.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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