As you probably already know, it is highly recommended that you make a trip to the dentist at least once every six months. Those regular visits can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Of course, if you are needing additional care, those visits will have to be more frequent than that.

During your dental visit, you'll go through a very thorough examination to determine any existing or potential dental issues. The dentist will examine not just the teeth, but also your tongue, gums, your bite, your face, and your jaw movements. The assessment should be enough to identify if there's gum disease, decayed tooth, loose or broken teeth, or damaged fillings. If you wear dental appliances, the dentist will inspect their condition during your checkup as well. Of course, the thorough exam conducted by your dentist is not only to check if there are dental issues but also to see if there are any signs of vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, or oral cancer.

After your checkup, your dentist will then recommend the best course of action If there is no problem to address, your teeth will be professionally cleaned and then you can go home and be back on your next scheduled visit. Professional cleaning is also important because brushing and flossing at home can only do so much, and there are hard to reach areas that only your dentist can reach.

These are all reasons enough for a patient to keep their appointments but surprisingly, many people fail to show up for their scheduled dental checkups. Some book appointments only to cancel them. But no matter how busy you are, you should keep your dental appointments. There are tests and procedures that have to be done to ensure that you maintain optimal dental health.

By keeping your dental appointment, any potential dental issues can be identified early enough so they won't progress to something worse. Keeping your dental appointment will save you a lot of money later on. Those checkups can help prevent dental problems that may require expensive cosmetic procedures. If you want to keep your teeth and gums in good health, make time - visit your dentist!

When was the last time you had a dental checkup? What's keeping you from visiting again? If you are looking for a dentist to provide you with the best dental care possible, reach out to us at Preston Dental. We'll gladly schedule an appointment for you!