Why Do I Need Routine Dental Checkups?

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If you take good care of your teeth, you may be wondering why dentists insist that you see them every 6 months. It’s not that your dentist just wants to see you more often (which hey, we do like saying hi!). Teeth and gums are strong yet delicate, and they require special care and attention. Here are 5 reasons why routine dental checkups are so important.

1. Gum Disease

Gum disease is a subtle yet painful issue that starts well below the gum line. You may think that occasional sore, red, or bleeding gums are normal, but they may indicate early-stage gum disease, which down the line can cause tooth decay and tooth loss. Dr. Patel carefully evaluates the strength of your gums every time you see him to rule out any areas that may be affected by gum disease.

2. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can also be painful and may end up being costly. Cavities are just the beginning of potentially damaging decay. It’s not always easy to detect a cavity yourself, so it is important to have Dr. Patel take a thorough look at your teeth to spot any cavity formation. If you have bad breath or tooth sensitivity, you may have tooth decay.

3. Plaque Buildup

Sometimes a toothbrush and floss just doesn’t cut it! Tartar buildup is natural, but the more you have, the worse it can be for your oral and overall health. After all, the same bacteria found in plaque can line the walls of your heart’s arteries, causing heart disease! Your dental hygienist can thoroughly remove plaque and tartar buildup from hard-to-reach places to prevent future issues.

4. Finances

Going to see Dr. Patel twice a year will inevitably save you money since you won’t have to set any money aside for future procedures.

5. Maintaining a Beautiful Smile

We all want a beautiful, white smile. Visiting Dr. Patel regularly will help you formulate the right at-home treatment plan so that you can properly maintain your own smile. After all, a smile is a powerful confidence builder!

Come See Us Soon!

Don’t put off your next visit to our office! Visiting Dr. Patel twice a year is good for your health, wallet, and confidence. We look forward to making your next visit at Jackson Smiles as comfortable and convenient as we possibly can. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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