Routine dental cleanings and checkups may seem inconvenient, especially when your schedule is hectic. If your teeth aren’t hurting, is it really necessary to go to your dentist every six months? Wouldn’t once a year be sufficient? The answer is no – once a year is not enough, and your dentist in Oak Hills shares why.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTIVE CARE
Your six-month cleaning and checkups are also known as preventive care because with these routine visits we hope to help you prevent many dental issues from happening in the first place. Dr. Jack Fan will check for issues such as oral cancer, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and cavities during every examination so he can detect these conditions as early as possible. Early detection allows you the opportunity to treat these issues more successfully and with less invasive and costly treatment procedures.
We’ll also take the time to clean your teeth, which removes the excess plaque buildup and bacteria that contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. We’ll explain proper brushing and flossing techniques so you can make the most of your own home care routine. After all, you are our partner in the maintenance of your oral health.
THE ORAL SYSTEMIC CONNECTION
Another reason that consistent preventive care is so important is because emerging studies have helped us realize that there’s a direct link between periodontal health and overall health. We now understand that the bacteria that causes gum disease also contributes to the inflammation that causes health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and vice versa. This is known as the oral systemic connection and it tells us that taking care of your oral health is important to your overall well being.
CONTACT THE DENTAL CENTRE
For most patients, Dr. Fan recommends six-month preventive care appointments. Children should also see the dentist every six months just like adults, and we’re happy to take care of your child at The Dental Centre. For patients struggling with gum disease, he may recommend additional cleanings to effectively manage your condition. Unfortunately there’s no cure for gum disease, so with the help of your team at The Dental Centre and an excellent home care routine, you can keep gum disease under control.
Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment!