Do you go to your dentist on the recommended schedule of twice per year? For many adults in the US, the answer to that question is ‘no’. There are a number of reasons why people avoid the dentist: no time, too expensive, fear of pain, general anxiety, etc. While these reasons may seem valid, the reality is that skipping out on preventative dental care can cause problems that lead to the very results you are trying to avoid by skipping out on the dentist. Developing oral issues and getting dental work done for issues you could have avoided can require a lot of time, be expensive, and lead to significant pain. Preventative dental care is a way for you to protect against future issues, catch problems early on, and keep your teeth looking their best.
Preventative dentistry protects against future issues
One of the most important functions of preventative dentistry is to protect your teeth and gums from future issues. When you go to a routine dental visit, you get a thorough cleaning that removes plaque and tartar buildup. This process helps protect your teeth from decay and your gums from disease. When you couple regular preventative appointments with a high quality daily oral care routine, you can protect against a long list of potential future issues.
Preventative dentistry catches problems early on
Even with an excellent daily oral care routine it is possible to develop problems. Gum disease and tooth decay can be impacted by factors beyond the quality of your oral care routine. For example, you may be more prone to decay or gum disease due to your genetics. Preventative appointments provide your dentist with the opportunity to catch problems early on before they turn into serious issues. Decay will start out small and progressively get worse. Your dentist can catch the earliest signs of decay during your preventative appointment and get you scheduled for treatment before the decay progresses. Gum disease is another issue that is simple to treat if caught early on. During routine appointments your dentist will look at the condition of your gums for signs of disease. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is easy to treat and reverse. However, if gum disease is allowed to progress to periodontitis it becomes more difficult to treat. Getting to the dentist on the recommended schedule will help you catch and deal with problems early on.
Preventative dentistry helps your teeth look their best
Keeping your teeth healthy is an important part of preventative dentistry. But the health of your teeth is not the only factor that is impacted by these visits. Getting to the dentist regularly can also help you keep your teeth looking their best. When you go to a routine dental appointment the cleaning removes plaque, tartar, and surface stains. These things can cause your teeth to look dull and yellow. The deep cleaning that you receive during your preventative appointments can help brighten and whiten your smile so your teeth look their best.
The importance of preventative dentistry cannot be overstated. Quality oral hygiene includes your daily routine and your routine appointments. If you are behind on your routine dental appointments, the time to get back on track is now. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to get a cleaning and examination on the calendar.