Why You Should Get Regular Dental Checkups
We understand that regular dental checkups aren’t the most exciting appointments for patients, but they are one of the most important. Skipping haircuts and manicures won’t have serious health implications, but avoiding the dentist can pose some major risks. The American Dental Association recommends at least two visits per year to maintain optimal oral health.
Here are some of the reasons why you should visit the dentist every six months:
Early Disease Detection
Regular checkups allow your dentist to perform a thorough examination of not only your teeth, but your gums, mouth, head, and neck to catch any cavities or diseases at an early, manageable stage. Gum disease and oral cancer aren’t always noticeable until they are in the more advanced stages, often by which point they are more difficult to treat.
Prevent Future Dental Problems
Skipping your regular dental checkup may save you time and money in the short run, but this can lead to bigger, more expensive problems later down the line. Just like a car, maintenance is easier than repair. Through the avoidance of regular checkups, you may develop cavities or diseases which, left untreated, can result in a painful toothache, tooth infection, and the need for a root canal, or tooth extraction. All of which would be more costly and time-consuming than a regular checkup.
Use Your Dental Insurance Benefits
Use it or lose it! While specific policies may vary, most dental insurance plans will cover two checkups per year. However, if you don’t use them both by December 31st, you’ll lose them as dental plans reset every year. So, make the most out of your coverage and take advantage of the benefits your insurance plan provides!
Even if you brush and floss your teeth diligently every day, there are still areas of your mouth you just won’t be able to reach, and stains you won’t be able to remove without professional equipment. Dental Hygienists remove stains, plaque, and tartar from the surface of your teeth and polish them to leave you with a sparkling smile. They will also provide tips and techniques to help you maintain your bright whites.
Peace of Mind
Neglecting your routine dental checkup and ignoring dental problems can cause worries, anxiety fear of the unknown. One hour of your time can give you peace of mind for months.
Here at Wurzbach Parkway Family Dentistry, our leading San Antonio dentists pride themselves in providing these in-depth dental cleanings and check-ups to all of our patients. Each exam includes thorough teeth cleaning and a comprehensive examination, and digital x-rays if needed. Schedule your regular checkup today for peace of mind and a sparkling smile!