Visiting Your Dentist is Important
Hello there, dear reader, and welcome back to the Salvatore Dental blog. As dentists serving the Saratoga area, we want to make sure that all of our patients, past, present, and future, understand exactly why it is so important to visit the dentist at least twice a year. While you might be thinking “Of course they want me to visit twice a year, that’s how they stay in business,” in reality, the reasons have less to do with our monetary well being and more with the health of our patients. The mouth, when ignored, can develop some serious diseases and these diseases don’t just stay in the mouth. Certain oral health issues can cause heart attack, stroke, or even death if they are not properly treated. It is for this reason that we want to make sure everyone understands why regular dental visits are so important. In today’s post, to help hammer this point home, we will go over exactly what you can expect from a general exam in our office and how these checkups keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Regular Dental Checkups are About More Than Clean Teeth
Too often, we hear people complain that all a general checkup at the dentist office accomplishes is a set of cleaner than normal teeth. While it’s true that the dentist will make sure that your pearly whites are extra clean, a general check up is about so much more than just cleaning your teeth. Below, we have listed a few of the services that are completed during a general dental checkup.
- Protection From Tooth Decay: One of the first things that your dentist will do during a general exam is make sure that none of your teeth are showing signs of decay. While tooth decay may seem like no big deal at first, if it is not addressed in a timely manner, it can quickly lead to issues that are more costly to fix. If tooth decay is not caught early, it could lead to root canal therapy or, in a worst case scenario, the extraction of the affected tooth or teeth. Trust us, it’s much easier to catch tooth decay early than it is to deal with tooth decay once it has manifested.
- Gum Disease Prevention: The fact of the matter is, if you don’t visit your dentist on a regular basis, you are almost guaranteed to develop gum disease. This isn’t to say that you don’t take the necessary steps to make sure that you are adhering to a good oral hygiene routine, it simply means that you don’t have the tools to avoid gum disease by yourself. Plaque and tartar, the main causes of gum disease, need to be taken care of professionally in order to make sure that your gums do not become irritated and, given enough time, infected.
Join us again next time as we continue to cover some of the reasons that make it essential that you visit your dentist twice a year. Additionally, if you are in need of a dentist in the Saratoga area, please contact us today at Salvatore Dental. We will make sure that everything relating to your oral health is as optimal as possible.