You brush your teeth every day. Maybe you even floss every day too. You don’t need to visit the dentist every six months, right? Your teeth are clean enough, aren’t they? Besides, going to the dentist costs too much just to get your teeth cleaned. You might think that you have a lot of good reasons for not seeing the dentist twice a year, but the reality is that you take a terrible risk when you don’t. Whatever you think you’re saving by avoiding the dentist, it isn’t worth the ultimate cost of having to repair damage from oral problems. Check out these three reasons to make and keep your routine cleaning and checkup dental appointments.
Dental Cleanings Prevent Future Oral Problems.
Even with diligent brushing and flossing, you still need your six-month dental appointment. During this visit, your hygienist uses professional tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If allowed to remain, this buildup allows bacteria free access to your teeth and gums, causing decay and gum irritation. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause severe pain, and gum disease can ultimately lead to bone and tooth loss. By getting a dental cleaning, you essentially wipe the slate clean twice a year and prevent significant plaque buildup and these conditions from having a chance to develop.
Oral Exams Catch Issues Early.
In addition to getting a dental cleaning, you get the chance to have an oral exam from your dentist, who visually inspects your teeth, gums, mouth, tongue, and throat for any signs of serious oral conditions, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. They are qualified to find these signs, which can be difficult for the untrained eye to identify. By conducting these exams twice a year, your dentist is able to detect these problems early, when they are easier to treat and overcome. If you wait to visit the dentist until you know you have a problem, it may already have caused extensive damage and require more invasive, and therefore more expensive, treatment.
Dental Insurance Covers Two Checkups and Cleanings Every Year.
Most dental insurance companies out there pay for two cleanings and checkups a year. Have you ever wondered why? Even they realize that preventive care costs less than treating a major problem down the road. If you have dental insurance, you likely don’t have to pay for these appointments at all. You might as well take advantage of these opportunities and get the preventive dental care you need.
If you don’t have dental insurance, you can still learn from their example: paying for preventive care costs less than paying for more intensive treatment later.
In the end, your reasons for not visiting the dentist for your routine checkup and cleaning pale in comparison to the risks you take. The preventive care you receive is worth the upfront cost now in order to help prevent needing expensive treatment in the future. As you choose to make your oral health a priority with preventive dental appointments, you’ll find that your time and money have been well spent.
About the Author
Compassionate Dental Care has two talented, well-qualified dentists. Dr. Tim Stirneman and Dr. Frank King have decades of experience and are dedicated to helping their patients smile. As the practice name suggests, they treat each individual with compassion and deliver personalized dental care, ranging from routine checkups to complete smile makeovers and everything in between. To contact them for an appointment, you can call (847) 854-7645 or click here.