Seeing your dentist regularly is very important! Do you know why?
In short: Prevention! The dentist does routine exams in order to prevent problems. In dentistry, a small cavity can turn into a brutal root canal fast. This will cost you time and money!
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a Healthy, Confident, Beautiful Smile.
Reason #1: Periodontal Disease
Plaque and calculus occurs naturally in a human body and must be removed. If it's not removed, the bacteria will build up in the base of your gums and cause periodontal disease. We dentists, call this disease, the silent killer! You can't feel nor can you see it. The disease is brutal as it destroys your bone levels which results of your teeth falling out.
Reason #2: Tooth Decay
Little cavities turn can turn into big cavities fast, and big cavities are not pretty. They can cause swelling and pain, and can be costly to fix. In many cases, big cavities cannot be fixed with a filling and teeth have to be removed. Lost teeth cause complications like food indigestion which effects a person's overall health.
Reason #3: Body Health and Mouth Health Are Connected
There is a direct correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Plaque that's found in your mouth contains bacteria that end up in your body and heart. Bacteria lives in your mouth only, but in the case of gum disease, there's so much of it that it gets into your bloodstream and gets carried through your body. Your heart is affected and so are your blood vessels.
What to expect during your dental checkup:
When you come into our office, you'll see our dentist and our hygienist! The dentist will do a comprehensive exam and check for gum disease, cavities, and signs of oral cancer. The hygienist will clean and polish your teeth, and discuss a game plan for keeping your mouth healthy until your next checkup.