Dental checkup and cleaning appointments are the most common form of general dental health care. Regardless of the state of your oral health, attending an appointment as frequently as your dentist recommends is important to keeping your smile healthy and free of disease. However, while everyone may recognize that they should visit their dentists regularly, not everyone understands the full importance of attending every visit and not postponing or canceling a single one. Today, we take a look at the vital role checkups and cleanings play in your long-term oral health care, and what they can help you avoid having to deal with later on.
Keeping your hygiene routine on track
It’s difficult to say which is more important to your oral health, good hygiene or regular professional care. Both are vital to keeping your smile healthy, and neglecting either can lead to much more severe oral health concerns in the near future. Whether at home or at your dentist’s office, cleaning your teeth and gums of the oral bacteria that accumulate on them is key to preventing the issues that these bacteria can lead to. Whether it’s an infection in your tooth structure or the early stages of gum disease, good hygiene and preventive dental care are both key to preventing or detecting oral health concerns.
Staying ahead of developing concerns
Making sure your teeth and gums stay clean is paramount to keeping your smile healthy, but there’s no real guarantee that you’ll never experience an issue that needs to be addressed. The good news is that, with most oral health concerns, early detection and treatment can mean successfully addressing problem in a minimally invasive manner. During every routine checkup and cleaning appointment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to check for signs of any developing concerns. That includes common causes of tooth loss, such as gum disease, that should be mitigated before they threaten your smile further.
Avoiding the need for extensive oral treatment
When certain oral health conditions progress enough, they can significantly raise your risks of experiencing things like tooth loss, problems with your bite function, and more. Your teeth and oral structures are intricately connected, and the more severe any specific concern grows, the more it can affect other aspects of your oral health. Sticking to a regular schedule of preventive oral health visits can help you avoid these consequences, even a concern does develop.
Schedule a general checkup & cleaning with us
General checkups and cleanings are the best way to keep a close eye on your oral health, and reduce your risks of needing extensive oral health treatment later. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Dr. Stuart Dexter in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-362-8200.