A visit with the family dentist for teeth cleaning provides several valuable services … plaque and tartar that has formed on teeth since your last visit is removed; topical stain is eliminated and teeth are polished to look their best; and a dental exam is performed.
Reasons Given For Skipping or Rescheduling Dental Visits
- I can’t miss work or school. Kudos for being so responsible. But that one hour twice a year can save you much more time later as dental prevention tops having to react to a dental problem that might have been avoided with regular dental cleanings and check-ups.
- I brush and floss regularly, so my teeth are clean enough. Plaque forms beneath the gum line where you can’t see it. Unless it is removed, it will continue to grow providing a breeding ground for decay and the onset of gum disease … problems that may have been avoided with regular dental visits.
- I can’t afford regular dental visits. Speak with your family dentist; regular or long standing patients of record are often given the opportunity to pay for dental treatment over time. Even if that option is not available for you, if you forego having your teeth cleaned and a problem does develop, you could be faced with a much bigger expense.
- I’m very fearful of the dentist. Anxiety about seeing the dentist is very natural; for those extremely nervous or for those unable to sit or recline for extended periods, there are aids such as nitrous oxide; more severe cases might benefit from oral sedation.
Understandable reasons to cancel your appointment are illness … if you are running a fever or are severely congested or coughing, rescheduling is acceptable.
Missing Dental Appointments Can Be Detrimental
It’s easy to keep putting off dental visits especially if you are not experiencing any obvious difficulty. But you are risking your dental health; and research has proven that good oral health is important to maintaining good overall health.
Your family dentist can observe potential problems that can ultimately save you time and money by taking preventive action.
Finally, this dental exam can literally save your life by spotting abnormalities that could lead to oral cancer.
If it’s time to schedule your next exam, contact our team at Fresh Leaf Dental today.