When to See the Dentist

Too many people go years without ever seeing a dentist. Sometimes fear is the obstacle or financial concerns. In other situations, they just don’t believe it necessary to have routine exams. If you’re not having any oral health problems, why bother? The simple answer is that bi-annual dental visits will not only help ward off cavities and maintain your healthy smile, they allow your dentist to uncover serious medical concerns early.

Reasons Why Dental Visits are Important

If you can’t remember the last time you sat in a dental exam chair, the following seven reasons may motivate you to call our office and start taking better care of your oral health.

  • Preventive Dental Care Will Save Money: It is much quicker and more cost-effective to treat problems early. A small cavity is an easier fix than a severely decayed tooth that will require expensive root canal therapy and a dental crown.

  • Persistent Bad Breath: Foul mouth odor can indicate a serious medical concern. Bad breath may result from dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and by leftover food particles. However, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis could also be the root cause. If you suffer from persistent bad breath, see your dentist immediately.

  • Wear and Tear on Teeth: Proper brushing and flossing are essential every day of your life for optimal oral health. But as people advance in age, we are more susceptible to plaque buildup, decay and gum disease. Another problem for older adults, tooth decay that reaches the root.

  • To Maintain a Healthy Smile: Proper oral care at home is the first line of defense against tooth decay and disease, but routine dental visits can help you maintain an even healthier mouth. Professional cleanings remove tartar and plaque in hard to reach places.

  • Mouth Sores and Bleeding Gums: If you see blood on your toothbrush or in the sink when you clean your teeth, it is time for a dentist visit. You might just be brushing too hard and irritating your gums. However, in most cases, blood indicates a buildup of plaque under the gums. If you ignore this condition, you can wind up with advanced gum disease which can lead to tooth loss.

  • To Avoid Tooth Loss: The most cost-effective method to avoid tooth loss is to practice good oral hygiene habits at home and to keep up routine dental visits. Preventative care includes professional teeth cleanings, comprehensive exams, and fluoride treatments.

  • For Overall Health: There is a strong connection between oral health and whole-body well-being. The condition of your mouth has a direct impact on almost every major system in the human body. So, caring for your teeth and gums can help decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases.