Is it really necessary to visit our 31701 dentist twice per year? Yes, it is. While it may seem at first glance that it isn’t all that important, we at Mann Dental Care want you to know that there are clear benefits to coming in every six months for a complete dental exam. The most obvious and important one is that you can maintain strong teeth and healthy gums in the longterm. Even if that were the only plus, it would be reason enough. But there is much more to speak of in favor of this routine preventative care.
Your oral health starts with you, of course. Eating a nutritious diet, limiting your sugar intake, brushing after meals, and flossing at least once per day are all vital to avoiding dental and periodontal problems. The enemy is plaque, and even though you remove most of it with your oral hygiene routine, some stubbornly remains in gum pockets and between teeth, out of the reach of your brush and floss. It then can harden into tartar, which is impossible to remove except with a professional teeth cleaning. Plaque and tartar erode your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. And they also cause gum irritation, inflammation, and even infection. It is essential that our 31701 dentist do a thorough checkup to determine if you have any cavities and any signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. X-rays are done to find even the smallest cavities, before they have the opportunity to grow, making you prone to bacterial infections in the pulp of your tooth. Once that happens, the likelihood is that you will experience the unmistakable signs of needing a root canal, namely severe pain. But a checkup every six months helps you to avoid that.
As for your gums, our teeth cleaning twice per year will typically reverse any signs of gingivitis, giving you a fresh start on your optimal gum health in addition to keeping tooth decay from causing you problems. Our 31701 dentist will also screen you for oral cancer, giving you the best odds of positive outcomes in the event that any indications are noticed. And maintenance today means that you will save money on future dental problems that can come up. It is far more cost-effective to have a regular dental exam than to have root canal therapy, a tooth extraction (including restoring the lost tooth), or combating advanced gum disease.