You know that brushing and flossing are important to protecting your teeth and gums from damage. But, did you know semi-annual appointments to your dentist are equally as important? All too often, people underestimate the important of visiting their dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. In fact, only 83% of children and 62% of adults had a preventive appointment last year. As a result, they are placing their oral health at risk. Dr. Darren Koch has the information you need to make your preventive dental care a priority.
Why Do I Need to Visit a Dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends everyone over the age of two visits their dentist twice a year for regular dental checkups and a professional cleaning. While many people believe as long as they brush and floss, they do not need to see their dentist until a problem develops, this could not be further from the truth. Regular care from your dentist will prevent the development of dental problems. Not to mention, it provides early detection to reduce the severity of any procedures needed, saving you time and money.
Even with the best oral hygiene habits at home, you cannot fully remove plaque and tarter accumulations from the gum line or between the teeth. When the buildup is not removed twice a year, you become more prone to gum disease and tooth decay. A professional dental cleaning removes plaque and tarter that cannot be reached with a toothbrush and dental floss to reduce your risk for periodontal disease and dental decay.
During a routine appointment, we also perform a comprehensive examination. Using a clinical examination and diagnostic images, we monitor the health and development of the teeth. This allows us to detect protentional areas of concern early to provide an appropriate intervention. For example, the early detection of a cavity will allow for a simple dental filling. However, if the cavity goes undiagnosed due to lack of regular care, you will likely need a root canal in the future.
In addition, we can find potential areas of concern, allowing us to provide early intervention. For example, if we find an area in the enamel that has become weakened, we can apply a dental sealant or use fluoride to help protect the tooth from damage.
During the examination, we do not just look at the teeth and gums. We also look at the tongue, bite, face, neck, lymph nodes, and temporomandibular joint to ensure everything is normal. With regular monitoring of your oral health, you will have the right foundation to a lifelong healthy smile.
Where Can I Get Preventive Care?
If you have not been to the dentist recently, you may not be asking, “where is a dentist near me for preventive care?” Dr. Koch offers complete preventive care while delivering world-class services to protect your smile.
If you need preventive dental care, benefit from the award-winning dental team. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup.