Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Routine Dental Visit
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends that patients see a dentist at least twice a year for a routine visit. This visit involves an exam, a professional dental cleaning and possible x-rays. Don’t mistake these routine appointments as optional. In fact, regular dental exams and cleanings are an integral part of your oral health care plan. Simply brushing and flossing at home can’t take the place of routine, preventative care with your dentist.
Whether it’s a lack of time or insurance coverage, far too many patients either skip or delay their six-month visit at the dentist. Here are some important reasons why you should make these appointments a priority this year:
#1 Your Toothbrush Can’t Do What a Professional Cleaning Can Do
Only a dentist has the correct cleaning tools and techniques to effectively remove plaque once it has hardened along your teeth and gums. Even the most diligent brusher or flosser will fail to remove tartar and calculus, which is the leading culprit to decay and gum disease. A professional cleaning also removes dental film, traces of food and stubborn stains. Nothing compares to the polished smile your dentist can give you after this upgraded cleaning.
#2 Early Signs of Gum Disease and Decay Can Be Detected
At your routine visit, we will measure the height of your gums and compare it to the last charted notes. This, along with visual signs of swelling, redness or bleeding, can tell us if you are suffering from periodontal disease. Keep in mind that early to moderate gum disease is easily reversed with the help of your dentist.
Did you know that a cavity can be detected long before you experience symptoms? Early cavity detection, through the use of advanced imaging and technology, can mean more conservative treatment and in some cases, cavity reversal. Waiting until a cavity has advanced can often lead to more invasive and more costly restorations.
#3 Oral Cancer Screenings Are Included
Oral cancer is a serious form of cancer that can be fatal if not detected and treated early. During your routine dental visit, our dentist conducts a visual and physical exam of the oral cavity and connected tissues. It only takes a few painless minutes, but it could be the screening that saves your life.
Schedule Your Routine Cleaning With Us
Regardless of your age, gender or ethnicity, you need a routine dental cleaning to retain optimal oral health. Keep in mind that your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Therefore, by attending your six-month visits, you are protecting your smile, your body and your quality of life. Call Laguna West Dental Care to learn more about stress-free dental care for the entire family.
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9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: (916) 683-7300