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You may think there’s no point in going to the dentist for a routine checkup or cleaning. Why bother?

While we understand that sentiment, we couldn’t disagree more! Preventative dental appointments are extremely important to the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth, and they’re definitely worth any inconvenience to your schedule.

In fact, at Smile Designers we think preventative dentistry is so important that our dental office in Longmont will work closely with you to schedule an appointment that’s most convenient for you.

Now, take a moment to learn why preventative checkups, cleanings, and periodic teeth x-rays are invaluable.

Cleanings Remove Plaque To Protect Teeth And Gums

If you do a thorough job of brushing and flossing your teeth at home, congratulations! In terms of dental health, that’s half the battle. Continue with these great habits, and be sure to teach your kids to do the same!

Even if you’re diligent about brushing your teeth, a film of plaque does form, and it can be stubborn. The purpose of professional cleanings at the dental office is to remove this hard-to-access, hard-to-get-rid-of plaque so that your teeth and gums can stay healthy and strong for as long as possible.

Over time, plaque buildup can contribute to a number of issues, including the following:

  • Tooth decay: Cavities and abscesses can develop when bacteria and plaque reach high levels.
  • Gum disease: From the milder (but still problematic) gingivitis, to full-blown and painful periodontitis, gum disease can be painful and even debilitating.
  • Infections: Any part of your mouth can become infected when there’s an excess of bacteria and plaque present, including your teeth (and their roots), the gums, and the various soft tissues inside your mouth.
  • Tooth loss: Believe it or not, in countless cases the ultimate loss of a tooth can be traced back to excess plaque that forms on teeth, including below the gumline.
  • Chronic bad breath: When teeth aren’t cleaned sufficiently and plaque and bacteria become prolific, it can become a difficult battle to win; chronic bad breath can develop when there’s too much bacteria present.

Cleanings help teeth with looking great and being the healthiest they can be. If it’s been a while since your last teeth cleaning, be sure to schedule your preventative dentistry appointment soon!

Exams Catch Issues Early On

There may be the start of a cavity that you’ve noticed only now and then, such as when drinking a hot beverage or eating a frozen treat. If your teeth are feeling sensitive to hot and cold, or to especially acidic foods, it may be because of the early stages of a cavity forming.

The earlier that your dental office can catch and treat a cavity or any other form of tooth decay, the better! Early intervention can lead to better results, since these cases require less invasive treatments. Getting a small filling is far better than getting a full crown, when possible. Routine dental checkups can catch these issues while they’re still small, saving you money in the long and often preventing the need for more complicated procedures in the future, such as root canals or dental implants.

X-rays Show The Bigger Picture

When your dentist looks into your mouth, she or he can learn a great deal about the health of your teeth. However, to fully see what’s going on, x-rays are needed. Your dental practitioner can’t see what’s going on under the gumline; that’s where x-ray images come in. Your dentist will study these images to look for anything out of the ordinary, from decay at the roots that may be causing you pain and discomfort, to signs of impacted wisdom teeth that should be removed before they create problems for your other teeth or even your bone structure.

Make Your Appointment with Smile Designers

As you can see, preventative dental care is vital to the overall health of your teeth and gums. By brushing and flossing regularly, and scheduling appointments with a top-quality dental office here in Longmont for preventative dental care, you will be boosting your oral and overall health!

How long has it been since your last dental checkup or cleaning? If it’s been more than a year, give Smile Designers a call today. Our dental practice is ready to help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Get in touch with us today!