If you’re like most people, visiting the dentist is a chore you know you have to do but don’t particularly like. After all, it’s time out of your day spent in a chair getting your teeth cleaned when you could be off being productive. However, those preventive dentist visits are crucial to your oral health — particularly when it comes to kids, as their teeth and jaws are still developing.
Here are four reasons why you need preventive dentistry services at least twice a year:
1. Remove Tartar and Plaque Buildup
That white sticky stuff that accumulates on your teeth is called tartar and if not removed, it can lead to some pretty serious stuff. Even if you brush and floss every single day, you still need a regular checkup to remove the buildup of tartar and plaque. Not only does tartar — also known as calculus — look bad, this form of bacteria can lead to gum disease. When that bacteria mixes with calcium deposits in the saliva, it can harden and be very difficult to get off on your own. The dentist has the tools to remove it correctly. If left to its own devices, tartar will eat away at the gums, getting at the root and killing it.
This is why people have root canals and pulled teeth. Sometimes bacteria can get much more serious, invading your blood stream and causing an infection or even cardiovascular disease.
2. Oral Health Evaluation
Regular teeth cleanings are important, to be sure. But that’s not all your dental hygienist does while hunched over you! You get a full evaluation every time you go on the state of your mouth and jaw. They’re on the lookout for:
- Inflamed tissues
- Gum disease
- Loose/broken teeth
- Tooth decay
- Healthy tongue and bite
- Damaged fillings
- Changes in gums
- Secure fit on dental appliances
3. Fewer Procedures and Bills
Just like keeping up with oil changes and regular service on your car can extend its useful life, the same applies to your teeth. Getting regular checkups can ensure a healthy mouth, which means fewer unnecessary procedures later that can be costly, invasive, time consuming, painful and inconvenient. Cost Helper Health says the average dental cleaning ranges between $80 and $175; however, the cost of cavity drillings, root canals, tooth pullings, bridges and dentures could run you hundreds or thousands of dollars. That’s why the American Dental Association recommends twice yearly visits to the dentist for preventive maintenance.
4. Maintain Good Overall Health
Research shows a link between good oral health and your overall health and well-being. Did you know the condition of your mouth can impact lots of other systems throughout your body, including respiratory, circulatory and digestive? To feel good all over, make sure your teeth are healthy, and everything else will fall into line.
Is it time for your preventive dentistry visit? Call your trusted comprehensive and cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary C. Demetriou, D.M.D., serving Andover, North Andover and the surrounding areas. Let us help you maintain that killer smile!