So often patients let their six-month dental appointment lapse. Sometimes a busy schedule is to blame, other times patients seem to think these exams are pointless.
The truth is, even though you may brush and floss your teeth every day, it’s still necessary to come in for a 6-month appointment. And the best part is… regular dental cleanings in Pasadena with Dr. Sean Ky are a breeze!
Still not convinced you should keep up with your dental cleaning? Here are some top reasons that may make you reconsider skipping your next appointment.
1. Dental Cleanings Prevent Cavities
Even the most meticulous brushers and flossers out there can’t reach every spot when it comes to plaque. When plaque and tartar build up they can erode the teeth and create cavities. If you go to your regular dental visits, we can remove the plaque and tartar to prevent tooth decay. Once you have a cavity you will have to have a filling which will result in possibly another visit and more money.
2. Dental Cleanings Prevent Gum Disease
Another risk of plaque build up is gum or periodontal disease. Gum disease is typically a result of poor oral hygiene. Heavy use of alcohol, smoking and diabetes can also increase your chances of gum disease.
Fortunately, early stages of gum disease can be reversed with professional cleanings. We will remove plaque and tartar build up both above and below the gum line.
If you skip appointment and your gum disease advances, it will become periodontitis. With periodontitis, not only are the gums and teeth at risk, the jaw bone may be at risk now as well. Shifting of teeth, tooth loss and bone loss can all occur if your gum disease spins out of control.
So, if you do want to save your teeth… you’ll need routine check-up for prevention.
3. Dental Cleanings Screen for Oral Cancer
Patients diagnosed in the early stages of oral cancer have an 80% – 90% survival rate according to The Oral Cancer Foundation. Unfortunately, approximately two thirds are currently found in advanced stages. With regular dental exams you are more likely to catch oral cancer in the beginning stages and possibly save your life.
4. Dental Cleanings Save You Money
If you haven’t pieced it together by now, regular dental cleanings help with the prevention of disease and tooth loss. Prevention is almost always going to be less expensive than repair when it comes to most things in life. By protecting your oral health on a routine basis you are more likely to avoid costly extensive procedures in the future.
If cost or dental anxiety are an issue, talk to us about this. We will set out options for you and make sure you feel comfortable in our office.