Dr. Andy Bullard of Greenville Dental Studio is back with his monthly dental tip. For this edition he will be discussing the importance of a professional dental cleaning. Take it away, Dr. Bullard!
Now that I have your attention, is there a reason why so many people avoid regular check-ups at the dentist? Let me tell you how important it is to visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.
First, you can catch problems earlier or prevent them from happening at all, with regular visits. Once cavities reach a certain stage, they’ll only continue to grow, and you’ll end up with a root canal or having to pull a tooth.
Second, you can have whiter teeth and fresher breath. At your dental cleanings, your hygienist or dentist will remove stains from your teeth that are impossible to brush away at home. A professional cleaning will also remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you.
The hard buildup around your teeth by the gum-line won’t go away on its own. Brushing and flossing won’t remove it, but your family dentist can knock it out with special instruments. That buildup is called tartar, and it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
According to the American Dental Association, almost half of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease. You simply do not want to miss checkups. Your problem areas won’t go away, and they will cost you more money down the road. Imagine the bill for a routine checkup and cleaning compared to a root canal and crown.
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems. Small cavities and gum disease often go unnoticed if you’re not feeling any pain.
If you have dental benefits, you are already paying to see your dentist twice a year, so you may as well schedule an appointment, and show up!
Dental cleanings are a part of your overall health and wellness. Studies show there is a link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart. Dental checkups fit right in with exercise and eating well to keep your body in top shape.
And lastly, don’t you just love how your teeth feel after a cleaning? Doesn’t it make the day seem brighter?
– Andy Bullard, DMD
Dr. Andy Bullard of Greenville Dental Studio is located at the Main & Stone development on 644 N. Main Street Greenville, SC 29601. You can book your own appointment easiest by calling (864) 520-2942. For more information you can visit them at greenvilledentalstudio.com or you can ask away by emailing them at email@example.com.