TIPS TO HELP IMPROVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY’S ORAL HEALTH:
Most people have had at least 1 cavity in their lifetime. Cavities are very common, but they can be prevented. During your routine 6-month checkup, your teeth will get a thorough cleaning. Your teeth will also be thoroughly inspected for cavities. Keep in mind that cavities are a lot easier to treat if they are detected early. Many people end up having to get root canals and/or extractions because they wait too long to get cavities treated.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is a condition that affects the majority of adults. It is also becoming increasingly common in children and teens. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and can easily be treated. However, if not treated, it will most likely progress to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is serious. It can destroy the supporting bone and eventually lead to tooth loss. Regular 6-month appointments with your hygienists will help prevent gum disease — the doctor will check you for gum disease during your examination. Treating gum disease early will prevent problems later on in life.
Improve Your Overall Health
A healthier mouth is not the only benefit that can be reaped from visiting our office. People who have good dental health are more likely to have good overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, preterm birth, stroke, and respiratory problems are just a few of the many health problems that have been linked to poor dental health.
Without proper brushing and flossing, mouths become havens for gum disease. This issue is complicated with inflammation that spreads throughout the body. As a result, gum disease sufferers have a higher chance of developing heart disease or stroke. Dental checkups give professionals a chance to counsel patients on proper mouth care to reduce potential life-threatening issues.
It is important for you to visit your dentist twice a year for a professional examination and cleaning. You will be able to reduce your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay and improve your overall health.
Tooth Loss and Nutrition
One of the first questions many patients ask at their dental checkup is about tooth pain. Patients may have a cavity or an impaction. With a painful mouth, people stop eating certain foods and reduce their nutrient intake. The human immune system relies on proper nutrition, so it is possible for disease to set in with declining oral health.
Improper diet from tooth loss or pain causes digestive issues as well. Because the mouth cannot process the food normally through tearing and grinding, the intestines must face the brunt of digestion. Irritable bowel syndrome and intestine failure are just 2 issues that arise with poor oral hygiene. Periodic dental visits allow patients to find pain causes and fix them before any damage occurs. The human body is intricately connected to the mouth and digestive system.
TOP 5 REASONS TO SEE YOUR DENTIST EVERY SIX MONTHS
Preventing Dental Problems Is Better Than Curing Them
By having regular dental checkups, our dentist can examine your oral condition and see which preventive measures can work for you. Your dentist will examine your mouth to see if you have any conditions that may put you at a higher risk of having tooth decay, or other problems.
Treating Minor Dental Problems Before They Become Serious
If problems such as cavities and gum disease are detected early, the treatment for them will be simpler, less expensive, and have a better chance of succeeding.
Keeping Your Natural Teeth
One of the main causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Your dentist can diagnose and treat it before it becomes severe enough to cause tooth loss.
Keeping Your Whole Body Healthy
The work of a dentist isn’t strictly limited to just the teeth. Rather, your dentist will perform a complete examination of your mouth, which can detect signs that you may have a serious health problem. Cancers of the tongue, throat, palate, and tonsils can sometimes be detected by a visual examination performed by your dentist. Your dentist can also detect other problems such as vitamin and nutrient deficiency, which could be signs of serious disease.
WHY IS FLOSSING IMPORTANT?
Flossing Removes Plaque That Your Toothbrush Can't Reach
Flossing removes the plaque and bacteria that builds up in the tiny spaces between your teeth. Excessive plaque buildup leads to tooth decay and gum disease, and can even cause your teeth to fall out.
Flossing Will Prevent Bleeding Gums
Many non-flossers report that the reason they don’t floss is because it causes their gums to bleed. The fact is that if your gums are bleeding, you already have unhealthy gums. The act of flossing will not only repair your gums before the problem gets worse but will make them healthier so that flossing becomes easier and less painful over time.
Flossing Makes Your Breath Fresher
If you find that your mouth doesn’t feel clean even after brushing, the bacteria between your teeth could be the culprit. Many people find that when they begin a regular flossing routine, their mouths feel cleaner and their breath fresher than with brushing alone.
Flossing Prevents Periodontitis
If left unchecked, the swollen gums and bleeding of gum disease can lead to an even more serious issue. Periodontitis is a severe infection of the gums that causes painful inflammation, and eventually bone loss, which causes your teeth to fall out. Keep your smile intact by flossing once a day as recommended by the American Dental Association.
REVIEW OUR FINANCIAL POLICY
We have several payment options for you to choose from including cash, check, credit card (Visa, MC, Discover and American Express) and we also offer a 6 – 12-month interest-free payment plan through Care Credit.Care Credit is a GE Money Company, which offers no-interest financing with low minimum monthly payments designed to fit your budget. Many of our patients who do not have dental insurance use Care Credit to obtain the desired dental treatment with a very easy method to cover the cost. You can apply online yourself using the following link, or we can assist you when in our office. www.carecredit.com
If you have dental insurance, we will be happy to complete and submit your claim forms. Your insurance company will provide benefits according to the provision of your particular policy. With the exception of covered preventive care, you will be expected to pay a portion of the charge at the time of the initial treatment/procedure.
We are happy to submit a pre-treatment estimate for more extensive dental care to your insurance company. Your insurance company will notify you of the amount they will cover in advance of treatment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Treatment plans and recommendations are based on what is best for you. There may be times when your covered benefits do not include all recommended treatment. You will be expected to pay for any non-covered services but we will work with you and your plan to make sure you receive full benefits from your policy.