You know you should see your Johns Creek dentist twice a year, but do you know why this dental cleaning and checkup is so important? Sometimes, adults skip essential healthcare because they don’t have time or think they can get by until the next visit or believe they only need to see someone when they have a problem. This doesn’t work where teeth are concerned.
Here are just some of the reasons to make time for your dental cleaning and exam:
1. Prevent tooth decay
No matter how diligent you are about brushing and flossing your teeth at home, you still need to benefit of the dentist’s tools to truly get your teeth clean. Professional dental instruments are designed to scrape your teeth free of plaque and tartar, essentially giving you a clean slate every six months.
2. Get an oral cancer screening
At every dental cleaning and exam, you also receive an oral cancer screening, where your dentist checks your mouth, tongue, cheeks, palate, gums, and lymph nodes for signs of oral cancer. Catching this disease early is critical for a more hopeful diagnosis and immediate intervention.
3. Prevent gum disease
At every dental check-up, your dentist reviews the health of your teeth and your gums. Only your dentist can recognize the early signs of gum disease. He reviews the depth of gum recession, the current state of your gums, whether there is any redness, swelling, or bleeding. If full-blown periodontal disease is given the opportunity to set in, this can lead to tooth loss.
4. Improve the appearance of your teeth
You can buy plenty of over-the-counter items to try to improve the appearance of your teeth but most DIY results are fleeting. That whitening toothpaste may diminish some surface stains, but the formula won’t get down deep into the crevices of teeth to truly eliminate discoloration. Some people don’t see any results at all.
Your checkup is the opportunity to explain to your Suwanee dentist why you’re no longer happy with the appearance of your smile and find out what cosmetic dentistry treatments can improve it.
5. Get recommendations for a healthier, more beautiful smile
Embarrassed by your discolored teeth? Worried about the solidity of a crown or filling? Wish you could fix an unsightly tooth? Think you have a cavity? Whatever your complaint or concern about your smile, whether functional or cosmetic, there is a solution for it – in many cases, there are multiple solutions. Your Johns Creek dentist will have the best recommendations and give you the opportunity to discuss your concerns, ask questions, and make decisions about what comes next.
Don’t neglect your oral health. Your overall health and wellness is affected by the condition of your teeth and gums. Visit Dr. Mitul Patel and his team at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek for family dentistry, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment twice a year for dental exams and checkups for your entire family. Contact us today.