When it comes to protecting your smile and the health of your mouth, prevention is the most important piece of the puzzle. Many major dental issues can be prevented by routine checkups and cleanings. Routine visits mean the recommended twice a year or once every six months. This frequency allows for your dentist to treat any potential problems and spot issues before they get worse. Professional cleanings allow for the buildup of bacteria to be removed from your mouth. Routine checkups and cleanings are an integral part of keeping your smile healthy.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Are Progressive
Progressive diseases are diseases that will continue to get worse until they are treated. Progressive diseases do not go away or clear up on their own. Both tooth decay and gum disease are progressive, which means that they will worsen until they are treated. Because of this, it is important that they receive treatment early. Tooth decay and gum disease can be reversed if spotted at an early enough stage. Neither tooth decay or gum disease are easily detected in their earliest stages. Your dentist is trained to look for early signs of both, which make routine checkups important. Going years without visiting your dentist can mean that tooth decay and gum disease can be left to wreak havoc on your mouth. Without treatment, both can ultimately lead to severe pain and possible tooth loss.
Cleanings Are About More Than Cleaning
Professional cleanings allow for your dentist or hygienist to clean buildup or spots that you may be missing. Cleanings also allow for your dentist or hygienist to train you on how to better clean your mouth. If you are not flossing certain areas or if there is a part of your mouth that is not effectively brushed, they can point it out. This gives you an opportunity to up your hygiene game, which can ultimately lead to a healthier mouth. If you have signs of gum disease, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning also known as a scaling and root planing.
Checkups and cleanings can help keep your smile healthy
When was your last checkup or cleaning? To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.