Are you Keeping your Dental Appointments? Here’s Why you Should!

 

dental care houston tx | Royal DentalWith all of the responsibilities you must meet on a daily basis, remembering to see the dentist can be a challenge. Life is busy. We get it! And we also know that, if you don’t particularly like seeing the dentist, your six-month checkup could be one of the first things to postpone in the face of a busy schedule. It may even seem as though the whole idea of having to see the dentist twice a year is a big, fat trick to get consumers to spend more money.

Here’s the Truth
The truth is, there is a lot of value in seeing your dentist regularly. Here’s what you may not realize:

  • Dental exams can reveal things you don’t see. When you brush and floss your teeth, you may do a great job. You may even observe your smile after you have completed your daily and nightly oral care ritual. The difference between what you do and what we do comes down to magnification. In addition to taking x-rays to see areas beneath the gums, we observe the various areas of your mouth with magnification. This means we can see tiny details like plaque sticking to your teeth, or tartar forming at the gum line. The extra, highly-trained set of eyes on your teeth and gums can make a big difference on your oral health.
  • Seeing means treating. When you see the dentist routinely, you set yourself up to receive more conservative care. Let’s take the plaque as an example. When we see plaque, we can gently remove it during your cleaning. Simple, right? But if you wait to see the dentist, plaque hardens to tartar, and both of these substances harbor bacteria. Then, you may find yourself needing treatment like scaling and root planing to manage the damage done by gingivitis.
  • Conservative care is kinder to your nerves. We would not expect any of our patients to actually enjoy hearing that they need restorative treatment. We’ve heard the jokes (and horror stories) about root canals! This is just one more reason to maintain your six-month checkups; it lessens the stress related to dentistry because there is a much lower chance that you will need to have your teeth drilled, or your gums injected with anesthetic.

Royal Dental provides friendly care to patients of all ages! Schedule your visit with us by calling (713) 330-7700.

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