It can be difficult to step away from work, family responsibilities, and our hobbies to keep up with important preventive dental care appointments for reasons of time, enjoyment, and money. It can be especially tempting to skip these appointments if you don’t feel or see any problems. However, there are many reasons that seeing a dentist twice a year is critical for optimal oral health and overall health.
- Teeth Need Professional Cleaning
When bacteria feeds off your dietary sugar, it multiples and accumulates into a sticky film, called plaque. This plaque sticks to teeth and can become hardened over time, leading to tartar and cavities. When you run your tongue against your teeth, if you feel some fuzziness or rough patches, or if you see patches of yellow staining, that’s the beginning of plaque and tartar.
It’s very easy for plaque to accumulate near the gumline and in between the teeth. Even if you brush and floss daily as recommended, you are still not getting all of those hard-to-reach areas that our professional cleaning tools can take care of. Only a professional cleaning can safely and effectively scrape off every bit of plaque and tartar from the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Routine dental cleanings ensure that your teeth are squeaky clean in both feel and appearance, which allows for brighter teeth and healthier gums.
- Decay Can Develop Silently
Many dental issues can’t be detected at home, especially cavities. It only takes a few months for decay to slowly wreak havoc on your smile, until one day you have an infection causing extreme pain and sensitivity. Seeing the dentist regularly allows us to treat any issues before they progress to an even more painful, expensive, and inconvenient stage. Routine checkups will not only save you money and time down the line, but will protect you from potential tooth loss!
- Early Detection of Other Conditions
Thorough examinations done at dentists’ offices are not just for teeth cleaning and cavity checks. As oral health experts, we are trained to identify oral manifestations that could be related to another problem, such as oral cancer, chronic teeth grinding, and systemic diseases like diabetes, Sjögren’s syndrome, thyroid problems, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, anemia, kidney disease, and more. With certain conditions, early detection can save lives.
Schedule Your Biannual Visit Today!
Here at Cary Family Dental, we understand that it’s not always easy to make time to see the dentist. That’s why we offer convenient scheduling, even for those who work the typical 9-5 job. We are open until 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday, and on Saturday by appointment. So contact us today if you’re due for your biannual dental visit–we hope to see you soon.