You know the recommendations: brush and floss your teeth twice a day, drink eight glasses of water, and visit your dentist at least every six months. Following these recommendations are good your health and your oral health. But why? Visiting your dentist twice a year allows for two main things: a thorough examination and a professional cleaning. Both of which can save you time and money by preventing bigger issues from happening or treating them early enough that they are not substantial and expensive. Visits to your dentist also give you a chance to get advice on problem areas, which again, can help prevent problems.
Prevention plays a huge role in keeping your mouth healthy. If you are going to your dentist regularly, your mouth is able to be monitored for any potential problems. Tooth decay that is spotted early can be treated with a filling or even reversed with a cleaning, depending on the stage it is in. If you skip a few bi-yearly visits, you give tooth decay a longer time to progress. You may find yourself needing root canal treatment or a dental extraction for an issue that could have been dealt with in a much easier way. The same goes for gum disease. Like tooth decay, it is a progressive disease that gets worse until it is treated. Likewise, cracks or chips that you may not notice can be repaired by your dentist before you suffer a full tooth fracture. Oral cancer screenings are also done by your dentist during your routine exams. Oral cancer is very treatable in the early stages and quite deadly in the advanced state.
A professional cleaning not only gives your dentist or hygienist a chance to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup from your mouth, it also gives them an opportunity to talk to you about problem areas. They may notice an area or areas of your mouth that you may be missing in your hygiene routine. Stepping up your hygiene means keeping your mouth healthy.
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Checkups and cleanings help keep your smile healthy. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vahadi, call 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.