You have probably heard of the recommendation by dentists to get a routine exam and cleaning at least once every six months. Do you know what makes routine preventative care so important? Tooth decay and gum disease are incredibly common chronic conditions. By regularly getting a dental exam and cleaning, you help to decrease your risks of developing these common conditions. Routine dental check-ups also allow your dentist to thoroughly examine your mouth for any signs of potential trouble. The earlier that an issue is identified, the earlier it can be treated.
Earlier Treatment is Often Simpler & Less Expensive
Instead of waiting to visit your dentist until you notice pain or a problem, a routine exam allows your dentist to get ahead of problems. Waiting until there is pain often means waiting until the treatment will be more complex than had it been identified during a routine exam. For example, if your dentist notices early signs of tooth decay before a cavity forms, it may be able to be reversed. However, once tooth decay erodes your dental enamel, treatment will be needed to stop it from causing further damage. Conditions like tooth decay and gum disease are progressive diseases that will continue to advance until treatment is done. Neither will just clear up on their own, which means that procrastinating on treatment often leads to a problem.
Your Overall Health Can Be Protected
Your oral health plays a role in your overall well-being. A routine dental exam involves checking the health and integrity of your teeth, and it also involves inspecting your periodontal and oral tissues to check for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and more. Advanced gum disease has been linked to health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, which makes early detection and treatment a good way to help protect your overall health.
Routine dental visits help to keep your smile healthy
Our team is ready to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. To schedule a consultation by calling Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, today at 307-672-7567. We also proudly serve patients of all ages who live in Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.