You’ve heard a million times that you should schedule a dental appointment. You promise you’ll get around to it, but it's easy to forget.
Maybe you’re nervous and have been avoiding the dentist. Maybe you figure since you haven't been to the dentist in a while, that your teeth must be in bad shape.
Or maybe a dental appointment will take time out of your busy schedule, and plus your teeth and gums look and feel great because of your good personal dental hygiene habits. Why should you schedule a dental appointment?
No matter what your reason is for not scheduling a dental appointment, you’re putting your dental health at greater risk.
Going to the dentist every six months is not a part of proper dental health for no reason. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups play an important role in the prevention of the development and worsening of potentially serious dental issues in the future.
Like your bodily health, preventative dental care will save you time, money and discomfort that can arise from future oral issues.
You may think that you’ll just go to the dentist when something goes wrong and get it fixed. Restorative dentistry, however, is costlier and involve more pain and discomfort and inconvenience.
Preventative Care vs. Restorative Care
Routine dental cleanings and exams may cause some inconvenience, but the deep cleaning and examination by a professional can catch possible tooth decay and gum disease either before it’s started or before it spreads and leads to more rigorous dental treatment.
Preventative dental care will give you the best chance of maintaining and keeping your smile.
If preventative care is not heeded and decay and disease can flourish, causing serious dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease that require immediate, extensive and potentially uncomfortable treatment such as root canals, dental implants, and full-mouth restoration surgery.
These restorative dental procedures can easily reach into the thousands of dollars and some require recovery time afterwards.
Waiting to see the dentist when something is hurting or tender mostly results in restorative measures to be taken.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, save time and money and possible discomfort, it is highly recommended to take preventative measures and regularly see the dentist before there are any signs that something may be wrong.
Why Routine Dental Visits?
At a professional dental cleaning and examination, your teeth will be cleaned deeper than at-home teeth cleaning and there will be a trained dentist looking at your teeth and gums, catching possible problems that you likely have overlooked or not noticed.
Routine dental cleanings and examinations don’t take as much time as when a restorative appointment is necessary. These preventative appointments will be even shorter the more regularly they are scheduled.
Routine dental exams and cleanings are also important for those who have neglected seeing the dentist for many years and have developed dental issues. Even if tooth decay or gum disease is present, the damage and discomfort can be minimized or reversed through a professional teeth cleaning and examination.
It is never too late to schedule a preventative teeth cleaning and examination appointment. Even if decay is present, the quicker it is diagnosed and properly treated, the better.
Regardless of how long it’s been since you saw the dentist or whether your teeth need immediate restorative care, schedule an appointment with us at Madison Smile Solutions today and let us help you maintain your natural smile.