You may have excellent brushing and flossing habits. Twice every day, you use proper technique to brush plaque away from your gums and teeth. Once a day, you use your floss to clear out the tight spaces between your teeth. Since you are doing such a good job of cleaning your teeth at home, there is no reason for you to visit your dentist twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning, right? Well… wrong. In fact, no matter how good your daily oral hygiene habits are, regular visits to your dentist are essential. Here are just a few of the reasons why this is so:
Early Cavity Detection
Good dental hygiene habits at home don’t make you invulnerable to cavities. Your eating habits, your genetics, and the placement of your teeth can make you vulnerable to decay. When you develop a cavity, you may not realize it at first because it will not cause you any pain until it completely penetrates the enamel and reaches the second layer of your tooth, the dentin. With the help of Dr. Patel’s sharp eye and advanced diagnostic tools, you can catch tooth decay before it reaches that point and receive treatment that is as comfortable, affordable, and minimally invasive as possible.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is a pandemic in modern society. Roughly half of the adults in the U.S. have it, and the risk only increases as you age. Gum disease is more than an oral health condition; research has found an association between it and a number of serious systemic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s. Regular dental exams and cleanings can play a big part in keeping gum disease at bay. If you do develop it, Dr. Patel may be able to help you stop and even reverse the condition before it poses a major threat to your oral and overall health.
Everyone’s mouth is unique. Perhaps you have thin tooth enamel, are genetically predisposed to gum disease, or have aesthetic concerns about your teeth. Regular dental visits will help you build a personal rapport with Dr. Patel, who will then be in the best position to provide you with the personalized advice you need to achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile. At your routine appointments, he and our team can recommend certain products, educate you on various dental treatments, and give you educated guesses about how your oral health may change in the near and far future.
The above reasons are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why you should visit your dentist regularly. These routine appointments also aid in early oral cancer detection, can save you a lot of money, make your mouth feel fresh and clean, and more. If it has been longer than six months since the last time you saw your dentist, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment.
More About Dr. Patel
Dr. Paresh B. Patel is one of our area’s most beloved dentists. He has won multiple awards for both his skills and his dedication to his patients. If you would like his help to maintain a healthy, functional smile, contact our office today at 469-362-3150.