Maintaining oral health through good habits and consistent checkup and cleaning visits with a family dentist not only help make life easier, but can also save money in the long run. During routine checkups, dentists examine teeth, gums, and other aspects of the oral cavity, face and neck. These screening and observation exams can often detect early signs of many dental health-related problems. Cleanings not only preserve teeth and gums, they help remove plaque and tartar patients typically miss during daily brushing and flossing.
Although many patients do not floss daily, it is highly recommended. Flossing, when done properly, removes food particles and plaque, as well as any potentially harmful substances that have crept up underneath the gumline or between teeth. When a dentist detects early signs of receding gums, instructing proper brushing and flossing techniques can help reduce gum loss and damage to teeth.
Cleanings not only preserve teeth and gums, they help remove plaque and tartar patients typically miss during daily brushing and flossing.
Improper or insufficient brushing, flossing, and at-home dental health habits can leave teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth susceptible to bacteria, inflammation, and disease. Attending regular checkups with a family dentist can often provide the dentist with a good overview of individual brushing and flossing habits, and allow targeted instruction for patients to improve their oral health habits on an individualized scale. With improved brushing, flossing, and home dental care habits, patients typically see significantly less inflammation and bleeding from the gums, as well as better checkups with fewer cavities.
In addition to brushing and flossing, which contribute to overall dental health for strong teeth, healthy gums, and general comfort, regular visits with a family dentist can lead to early detection in cases of certain cancers, infections, or other problems that become expensive to treat if allowed to persist for an extended period of time. For example, a tooth with an exceptionally large cavity or filling may be vulnerable to breaking or cracking from pressure. If protected early, the tooth can often be saved without the need for root canal therapy.
To learn more about how dental visits can save you money, contact the office of Dr. Gregory Allen Kerbel at (972) 278-9901 today.