If you don’t like dental “surprises,” thinking preventively is the best way to keep from having to spend money unexpectedly on your mouth.
The key is to visit the dentist on a regular basis—every six months typically—instead of waiting until you have a dental emergency. Regular visits will catch problems—such as tooth decay, gum disease, cavities or even oral cancer—early. And the earlier you find the problem, the easier it is to treat, and at less cost to you.
A good example is gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can result in extensive and expensive treatment. Brushing and flossing regularly does not do enough to prevent tartar buildup. But professional dental cleaning on a regular basis will remove tartar, which is hardened plaque.
There is also a link between periodontal disease and heart disease; the bacteria caused by periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and attach to your heart’s blood vessels, causing dangerous blood clots. In addition, plaque buildup caused by periodontal disease can cause the heart’s blood vessels to swell.
So spend your money and your time wisely by seeing your dentist every six months—or at the very least, once a year. The good news is if you have dental insurance your regular check-up and cleaning is typically covered for twice a year visits.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com; and “like” us on Facebook.