Many people avoid dental appointments because they don’t feel they can find the time. Others experience anxiety in the dental chair and put off visiting until they have developed a problem. According to the American Dental Association, it’s essential to see the dentist at least once every six months.
It’s not all about aesthetics. Good oral hygiene and professional care can help to keep your mouth healthy. Depending on the state of your oral health, you may need to visit more often. Your dentist will be able to determine just how often you should be seen. Today. Dr. Stephen Coates DDS and staff share the benefits of regular dental visits!
The Benefits of Regular Dental Visits
To Keep Dental Costs Down: When you see your dentist regularly, they can help you avoid developing cavities, gum disease, pain, and tooth loss that are often expensive to repair.
To Ward Off Tooth Decay: The enamel on your teeth can be worn away by decay, and it doesn’t just grow back. We can check for cavities or white spots, and your dentist can help you with a treatment plan to keep your enamel in good shape.
To Prevent Periodontal Disease: Gum disease is silent in the beginning stages. It causes no pain, so it’s often left untreated. Gum disease can cause respiratory illnesses, strokes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications.
To Eliminate Tartar: Even when you brush twice a day and floss regularly, it’s hard to get rid of plaque with a toothbrush. Your dental hygienist has the tools to take care of the tartar. Buildup hidden behind our teeth can lead to gum disease if left untreated.
To Have a Professional Cleaning: Your dentist and hygienist can clear away the tartar and plaque and keep your smile bright.
To Take Advantage of Your Benefits: Often, your dental insurance pays for these regular visits. You should use them before you lose them each year.
To Detect Other Issues: Your dentist can detect other health conditions like diabetes and anemia that often show the first signs in your mouth. Signs of oral cancer are often recognized during a dental visit. Any abnormalities in the lymph nodes, deformities, and symptoms of many other illnesses can be found.
To Have Useful X-Rays Taken: Your dentist can take x-rays and review the images to check for any problems or changes that are invisible to the naked eye.
To Save Your Smile: Teeth can get so decayed that they must be extracted. Adult teeth are permanently lost when they fall out. When spaces are left, they can begin to shift, causing pain and changing the look of your smile. Dental implants can improve your smile, but they can be costly.
For Those Who are Anxious About Dental Visits
If you’re wary of dental care, give Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS, a call at 562-434-6414 and set up an appointment to speak with us. We can help to make your experience as enjoyable as we can. And the more you visit, the easier it will get. Remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss each day. If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, contact us today to schedule your exam and cleaning.