2014 is here at last! A New Year holds the promise of new opportunities and the chance to set resolutions. It is common for many people to set New Year’s resolutions regarding their general health, but is your oral health at top-of-mind this time of year? If it’s not, it should be!
There are many aspects of dentistry that are important to your overall dental health, but one of the most important ones is general, preventative dentistry. Seeing a dentist regularly (we recommend twice a year) for teeth cleaning and check-ups may pave the way for improved dental health in the future. If you are already a routine patient who is dedicated to scheduling their twice-annual appointments, then that’s great! If not, it may be beneficial to add a dental routine to your list of New Year’s resolutions, and here’s why:
Benefits of Routine Dental Check-Ups
- They keep your teeth in tip-top shape. For starters, keeping your teeth clean is beneficial for your overall oral health and appearance. While brushing twice daily, and keeping healthy dental habits all year long is a great start, having your teeth cleaned professionally reaches places you may not be able to reach on your own! Not to mention it leaves your teeth feeling fresh and your smile feeling bright!
- They aid in gum disease prevention. Seeing a dentist regularly does not only benefit your teeth, but also your gums, which are the home to your whole set of teeth. Keeping your gums healthy is of the utmost importance! Flossing regularly does benefit your gums, but seeing a professional for your yearly checkups will help ensure that your gums are healthy, and remain that way.
- They allow you to discover problems before they become serious issues. Teeth are subjected to quite a bit of wear and tear over a lifetime. Exposure to certain foods and drinks, and general wear over time can lead to problems such as tooth decay, cavities, chips, discoloring and more. Seeing a dentist for a regular checkup ensures that any problems that may exist in the mouth are caught early enough to be fixed easily. If issues remain undiagnosed for a long period of time, it may lead to complications or require more extensive treatment in the future.
So don’t wait! 2014 may be the year to make preventative dental care a priority in your healthcare routine. Should you find yourself in need of a checkup, tooth cleaning, or other dental services such as restorative dentistry or cosmetic services, Robbie Smith, DDS is here to help! Contact us today to learn how we can help you meet your dental health goals!
Happy New Year, and may 2014 be your best yet!