Dr. Diem Do and his team recommend that patients come in for a regularly scheduled dental cleaning and examination once every six months. Making it in for an appointment twice a year does not sound complicated, yet many individuals have not seen a dentist in years! That is not due to anything intentional, but sometimes life comes at you fast, and you are suddenly in a situation where you have missed several appointments. It is especially true if you are not suffering from any acute dental health issues.
Not seeing a dentist for an extended period may not seem like a big deal, especially if your teeth are in good shape, but missing your semiannual cleaning and examination could be setting you up for more significant problems in the future. Let us look at some health issues you may face down the road if you postpone visits to your dentist.
Plaque and Tartar Buildup
No matter how well you brush and floss at home, there are areas of the mouth that are hard to reach. In these areas, plaque will begin to accumulate and, if not cleaned professionally, eventually turn to hardened tartar. Seeing your dentist for a regularly scheduled cleaning will ensure your teeth are being cleaned in these hard-to-reach areas so that any built-up plaque or tartar can be removed. If allowed to remain, you will be looking at gum disease and tooth decay.
You, Will, Allow Small Problems toBecome Much Bigger
The earliest signs of gum disease and tooth decay are often unnoticeable to the average person. You may be suffering from one or both and have no idea. When you visit your dentist for a routine examination and cleaning, they will be able to spot the early signs and implement simple treatment to stop the problem and reverse any early damage. When you skip out on visiting your dentist, you are putting yourself at risk of allowing these minor problems to grow into something much bigger. What may have been a simple filling may now require a root canal. When allowed to progress, gum disease can have devastating effects on your oral and overall health. What was once an easy fix will eventually turn into a painful and costly dental health issue.
An interesting note about your oral health is that it often mirrors your overall health. People who suffer from poor oral health are likely suffering from larger medical problems. Dentists are highly skilled at spotting warning signs in the mouth that could point to health issues such as osteoporosis or hormone deficiencies. Severe health conditions such as heart disease and cancer can have early warning signs detectable via an oral exam. Visiting your dentist for a complete examination and x-rays can help you monitor your overall health and alert you to symptoms you may want to discuss with your general physician.
Dr. Do wants every patient he sees to have a long and healthy life. Many aspects of this begin with your oral health. The team at Smile in Style, Diem Do DDS in Marrero, LA, takes pride in offering comprehensive examinations and dental cleanings to help you live your best life. Please call (504) 340-9400 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Do.
Dr. Diem Do set up his private practice after graduating from the University of New Orleans and LSU School of Dentistry. He follows continuing education for the benefit of his patients. Dr. Tami Nguyen is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and LSU School of Dentistry. Both are members of top professional organizations like the American Dental Association and New Orleans and Louisiana Dental Associations. They are trusted and respected by the community for their high-quality dental services.
Our patients have wonderful things to say about the care they receive from Dr. Do and his team.
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