It should come as no surprise that some of the worst dental situations we see are in patients who do not see the dentist regularly. And the longer someone has been away from the dentist, the harder it is to get back in the habit, whether it’s a matter of cost, time, or quite simply, guilt at not having been in a while. We always love to see patients, no matter how long it’s been, and we’re all about preventing pain and discomfort. So here are a four vital reasons that you should never miss a teeth cleaning appointment!
1. An Ounce of Dental Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Dental Cure
Preventive dental care is key to keeping you comfortable and saving you unwanted expense in the future! When you come in for a teeth cleaning we also examine your entire mouth to check for potential trouble spots before they turn into something bigger, like a cavity or a root canal. We have the expertise to identify issues that may not even be causing symptoms yet. Just like anything in life, dental health problems are more easily and affordable to fix early on when they’re small!
2. Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health
Despite the fact that you go to one kind of doctor for a physical and a different kind of doctor to look after your oral health, the two are deeply connected! Did you know that the plaque on your teeth is the same kind of plaque that is found in the arteries of people with heart disease? And preventable dental diseases like periodontitis (gum disease) have been linked to stroke and heart attack too. Getting a professional cleaning on a regular basis helps clear away plaque, tartar, and bacteria that you simply cannot remove with brushing and flossing alone. Taking care of your dental health is a vital part of your overall healthcare!
3. Your Insurance Probably Covers It!
We know that choices about dental care often come down to cost. Most dental insurance covers preventive care, including teeth cleanings and exams, at very little cost or no out-of-pocket cost at all. Even when these services aren’t completely covered, the cost is very small compared to the cost of fixing a problem later! If you don’t have insurance, many dental practices offer discounts to help make dentistry more affordable. Ask about our current offers next time you see us or talk to us. No matter what, we have your smile covered!
4. You Might Not Have to Take Time Off
The idea that dentistry only takes place during regular business hours is starting to change. We always make an effort to make sure working patients and students don’t have to take time off to see us for cleanings. But we can only accommodate your schedule if you tell us about it! Be honest with the dentist, hygienist or front desk when scheduling your next appointment about what times are most convenient for you. You may be surprised about when we can fit you in.