Downtown Dental

Why do I need to see the dentist if I am not having any problems with my teeth?

In the world of dentistry, prevention is key. There is only one way to prevent dental problems, and that is by visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.

When you see us for regular checkups, we are able to detect problems while they are still small and less invasive to treat. For example, it is much easier to fill a small spot of decay on your tooth than it is to perform a root canal on a tooth that has experienced unchecked decay. Until decay has grown, it normally isn’t painful, so a dental x-ray is often the only way it can be identified.

Another reason to see your dentist regularly is to protect your gum health. Gum disease, which is the most common reason for American adults to lose their teeth, often creeps up on people without their knowledge. It doesn’t always present with symptoms, particularly in its early stages when it is most treatable. Gum disease usually starts because of excess plaque buildup on the teeth; this plaque hardens into tartar (or calculus) and can only be removed with special dental tools.

Don’t risk your oral health by skipping bi-annual checkups. Call Downtown Dental today to make an appointment!

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