An estimated 32% of American adults skip their routine dental visits. Everyone has their reasons—maybe you’re trying to avoid pain, or maybe you’re worried about the cost. The problem is, the longer you wait to visit your dentist the worse all these factors will become. Read more to find out why it is vital to your oral health to maintain routine checkups with your local dentist in Rocky River.
Why Should I Like Preventive Checkups?
It’s always better to be proactive than reactive, right? The same can be said for dentistry. Preventive dental techniques will typically require less time, less money, and less pain than restorative dentistry.
As the name may suggest, preventive dentistry protects your teeth and mouth from harmful things before they happen. When maintaining regular dental checkups, the odds of receiving preventive treatments are much higher than restorative treatments because dentists are “checking up” on the status of your oral health.
What Happens If I Skip My Routine Dental Visits?
Preventive dental procedures like dental X-rays, oral exams, and teeth cleanings are all necessary in maintaining good oral health. These treatments are easy, fast, and noninvasive. The same cannot be said about restorative treatments you may have to get because you haven’t been routinely visiting the dentist. Here are some problems and their treatments that can occur from not receiving twice a year dental checkups:
- Infection: A dental infection or tooth abscess can occur from an untreated cavity, injury or old dental work. The only way to remove the infection is to invasively open up the tooth and remove it.
- Tooth decay: Decay of teeth due to improper care can lead to filling cavities, root canal procedures, and even tooth extraction.
- Loss of teeth: Without proper care, you can lose your teeth. Dental implants or dentures must be put in your mouth as a substitute for lost teeth.
- Gum disease: Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar build up and can lead to deep cleanings that require numbing or even surgery on the gums.
All of these dental problems can be prevented or at least treated early on by visiting your trusted dentist at least twice a year. If you don’t have your checkups scheduled, contact your dentist today to discuss the importance of regular dental visits.
Meet The Dentist
Dr. William L. Eick has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years which makes him an expert dental problem detector during routine checkups. He believes that even with his experience there is always more to learn, which is why he takes continuing education courses to stay up to date on all the latest dental practices. He currently runs his own practice and if you have any questions or comments, he can be reached by phone at (440) 333-1915.