Think of it this way: the number one cause of tooth loss is not cavities, but neglect. When oral health is neglected, the teeth and gums have a greater potential for developing the serious conditions (deep cavities and gum disease) that lead to lost teeth. If you plan on keeping your teeth for life, regular six-month visits need to be a part of that plan!
Do you need a Vancouver, WA dentist? Dr. Carl Futenma would love the honor of being your new provider. Even if it’s been a while, we love to meet new patients and help them get the care they need. Call us at 360-574-3061 for a friendly and welcoming Vancouver, WA dentist.
Prevention Vs. Cure
Which would you rather do, suffer an infected tooth that causes a severe toothache and have to pay for a root canal therapy appointment? Or have a short routine appointment every six months? While the options are not so severe for everyone, this is often reason enough to schedule regular dental appointments. When it comes to your teeth, prevention is always better than cure!
More Than Just an Exam
Patients sometimes think routine visits are just a check-up and tooth exam. The truth is that routine appointments don’t just check for oral health problems, they prevent them!
We can spot “soft spots” of demineralized enamel that are on their way to becoming cavities, and apply treatments to prevent a cavity from forming. Once a cavity form, however, the only treatment is a filling. Let the cavity continue to deepen, and you may be in for a painful toothache and root canal therapy—or even an extraction.
We can also identify gingivitis, the precursor form of periodontitis (gum disease), which can be reversed. If you have signs of gingivitis, it’s always better to know, because you can change your oral care habits and reverse the condition. If we don’t catch it until it is full-blown periodontitis, there is no way to cure it, only treat it.
In addition, we do lots of good things for your mouth during routine visits, like remove hardened plaque (calculus) and check for early signs of oral cancer. Come see us to learn about all that we do!
When Medical Issues Cause Silent Damage
No matter how good your oral hygiene may be, there are plenty of cases in which medical issues can disrupt your oral health. Often patients don’t notice these changes, as they may affect only your tooth enamel and thus cause no pain.
Some common medical conditions that often affect oral health include diabetes, changes in medication, acid reflux, pregnancy, major dietary changes, and much more. For example, even a medical problem as simple as dry mouth can cause significant harm to your teeth. If a new medication is drying you out, you should know the safest ways to counteract mouth dryness without causing harm to your teeth. Without your normal volume of saliva, teeth may be subject to rapid, severe tooth decay.
Six-month visits give us an important opportunity to keep an eye on things, so you can rest easy knowing your teeth are still in good shape.
Team Oral Health!
If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, come see us at Creative Smiles in Vancouver, WA. Our new patient specials ($29 for exam and x-rays) make it easy for you to get the care you need, even if you don’t have dental insurance.
With our no-shame policy, we guarantee you won’t get a lecture from any of our staff. We are on your side and want to help you get back on track. We know that keeping up with all of life’s challenges can be hard, but a routine visit does not take long, and is a great investment in your oral health.