Five Reasons to Visit the Dentist Regularly

Everyone needs dental care at some point in their lives, including in the Marysville, WA and Smokey Point areas. Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Advances in dental and patient care have made a visit to the dentist a far more pleasant experience than in the past.  At Seven Lakes Dental we are committed to getting you the regular dental care you need.

There are several great reasons to visit the dentist every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning.

1. You’ll Save Some Cash

In many cases, a regular checkup can reveal any budding issues, such as tooth decay or impaction, before they become larger issues that require more treatment. Your dentist can advise you how to proceed so you can delay or even avoid having more costly work done. This can save you money in the long run. Most insurances cover routine care, and even if you pay out of pocket for your cleanings and checkups, avoiding more expensive procedures will help.

A regular cleaning can also point out habits you can change to improve your oral health. Some habits are less obvious than others when it comes to impacting oral issues, such as smoking.

2. Cleanings Reduce Tartar

Everyone knows about bacterial plaque, and though it’s easy to remove from the surface of your teeth, plaque can build up in hard-to-reach places such as between your teeth and under your gums. These areas are heard to reach with a toothbrush and floss, so you’ll need regular cleanings to maintain these areas.

Without regular cleanings, tartar can form from this plaque, which is difficult to remove on your own. Tartar is a hardened mineral deposit caused by plaque that sits for too long. Tartar also allows plaque to form more easily on your teeth, increasing the chances for tooth decay, and it can irritate your gums as well.

3. You’ll Help Your Entire Body

Did you know that tooth decay and gum disease can contribute to other health issues elsewhere in your body? Tooth decay and infection, if left unchecked, can contribute to other health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. You’ll also help prevent mouth infections, which are incredibly painful.

4. Early Warnings Can Save Lives

Your dentist can help you identify oral conditions that may warn you about other health issues you’re unaware of, such as diabetes and acid reflux, which can manifest in your teeth. Dentists can also find early warning signs for mouth cancer, allowing patients to get the most effective treatment possible.

5. X-Rays Can Go Deeper

Not only will your dentist check the surface of your teeth and mouth for issues, but he or she will use an X-ray to find any deeper issues. These could include tooth decay under your gum line, jawbone damage, impacted teeth, and other issues. They can also help point out issues such as infections and tumors.

Want to Get Started?

Here at Seven Lakes Dental, our goal is to make your visit with us relaxing and positive. We’re here to help you alleviate any fears and to answer your questions. Reach out to us if you’re in the Smokey Point or Marysville, WA areas and you’d like to schedule an appointment with us.