Are you having a hard time remembering the last time you visited your preventive dentist? If a different president was in office, or stamps cost less than they do now, chances are you are already overdue for your next dental appointment. That’s because regular checkups and cleanings are one of the best ways to protect the smile from dental cavities, gum disease and other common dental problems that can wreak havoc on your one and only smile. If you care about keeping it healthy, and looking its best, you need to be seeing the dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings!
What Makes These Appointments So Essential?
The teeth are incredibly strong. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, they do not have the same regenerative abilities that some parts of the body do. Given time, for instance, the skin can often heal itself. Some internal organs can also repair themselves after minor damage. The same cannot be said of the teeth. Once enamel has been eroded away, often due to poor hygiene or a diet high in sugar, the only way to protect the teeth is through restorative treatment.
In the case of dental cavities, fillings are often a fast and effective solution. Modern fillings can even be made to look natural and feel comfortable. Unfortunately, if a cavity isn’t detected early enough, an infection could form that could require more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy.
If you want to avid the need for extensive measures, schedule routine preventive cleanings. These visits are cost effective ways to care for one’s smile, and in most cases, to effectively prevent cavities before they’ve formed, as well as more progressive issues, like gum disease.
Are You Overdue for a Dental Checkup?
Preventive dental treatment is key to keeping your smile health. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule your next checkup and cleaning. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.