Skipping dental checkups isn’t a good idea. Regardless of the reason, slipped your mind, haven’t had time or you suffer from dental fear, if you haven’t had your teeth and gums checked for some time, you could be asking for problems.
According to Harry Ringer D.D.S. even though your teeth and gums may seem healthy, decay and gum disease could be hiding from you.
Dental Checkups for Good Oral Health
Regular dental checkups with Dr. Ringer help you stay committed to preventive dentistry. When you practice preventive dentistry you are well on your way to healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life.
People miss dental checkups for all sorts of reasons. Some patients don’t come to the dentist unless they absolutely have to because of dental fear. Dental anxiety is the number one reason patients don’t visit their dentist in Costa Mesa.
Skipped Dental Checkups Mean More Pain
If you have a toothache that you have been neglecting it won’t heal itself. In fact without a miracle it will get worse.
According to your Costa Mesa dentist once decay has entered the tooth it will continue to eat away at the enamel and dentin in your teeth. The longer you wait, the larger the cavity.
Large cavities are usually capped with a dental crown to protect the restoration and the healthy part of the tooth.
Had you gone to the dentist in Costa Mesa when you first felt pain you would have been in and out of the dentist in a single visit instead of enduring two appointments and temporary restorations.
Dental fillings normally take a single dental visit. Dental crowns on the other hand require two appointments.
Overall and Oral Health
Scheduling regular dental checkups also means oral cancer screenings and dental restoration checkups.
Oral cancer screenings take place during a comprehensive dental exam and are an important part of overall health. In fact, dentists are usually the first to detect a spot, lesion, bump or lump.
When you schedule regular appointments for dental restorations you are also protecting your health, especially if you have old silver amalgam fillings.
Old fillings are made from silver amalgam. Amalgam contains mercury. While the FDA and ADA say it is safe for use, leaky, cracked and broken silver fillings are another story.
Dr. Ringer and his team will check all of your teeth to make sure your restorations are still performing as they should.
If you haven’t seen your dentist in some time, call or send a direct message to Harry Ringer D.D.S today.