Most people’s idea of a perfect day does not involve visiting the dentist for a check-up and cleaning. In fact, some people even experience anxiety about the sights, sounds and sensations associated with routine dental care (although Northfield Dental Group is always striving to improve the patient experience!).
It can be tempting to skip your next dental visit, especially if you are not experiencing any oral pain or symptoms. But our dentists encourage you to keep up with your regularly scheduled appointments. Here’s why:
Nearly everyone develops a cavity at some point, and in general, the earlier a cavity is detected, the better. Unfortunately, early cavities often do not cause noticeable discomfort or visual changes to the teeth. During routine dental exams, your dentist will use special instruments to evaluate your tooth surfaces and identify early-stage cavities. If any decay is found, the dentist should be able to intervene before it becomes a serious issue.
Gum Disease Detection
Teeth are not the only thing dentists look at during biannual visits. Your dentist will give your gums a thorough check for any signs of disease. The effects of undetected or untreated gum disease can be devastating; as it advances, it can damage the structures holding your teeth in place. Gum disease has also been linked to systemic health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
By seeing your dentist twice a year, you can prevent dental problems before they start. Dental hygienists use meticulous techniques to clean and polish all of your tooth surfaces, including those not easily accessible with your toothbrush and floss. Getting rid of bacteria, plaque and tartar can minimize your risk of cavities, gum disease and other destructive oral issues. Your hygienist can offer helpful tips to practice at home to take care of your teeth and gums.
Check Existing Restorations
Dental restorations like fillings and crowns are durable, but they do not last forever. Restorations can wear down or develop chips or cracks that threaten their integrity. During your dental visit, your dentist will examine any existing restorations to ensure they are strong and intact. If your dentist discovers a defective or decayed restoration, you can discuss options to repair it.
Northfield Dental Group Is Here to Help
The team at Northfield Dental Group has years of experience seeing all types of patients and making them feel comfortable and well cared-for. If you are nervous about seeing a dentist or if it has been awhile since your last visit, we will quickly put you at ease. To request an appointment with our team, please call or email us today.