Taking care of your family’s smiles should be important, regardless of the season. Unfortunately, during the summer months many people take vacation from more than just their jobs or school. They also become lax in their dental hygiene, due to hectic travel schedules, or simply a disregard for their normal routines. Many also miss out on the great opportunities summer provides to take good care of smiles through preventive dentistry like checkups and cleanings. This summer, you can help avoid developing dental problems and enjoy great oral health, by adhering to these simple smile care tips from your dentist!
4. Don’t Skip Out on Preventive Dental Appointments
A healthy diet and regular dental hygiene can certainly help protect the teeth. In fact, they are important aspects of one’s oral health. Still, it is important to schedule routine dental checkups and cleanings for the whole family, as another form of dental problem prevention.
Routine checkups and cleanings allow a dentist to remove any hardened plaque buildup, known as tartar. Tartar can only be removed through a professional cleaning, so they are important to preventing both cavities and gum disease.
Preventive dental visits also make it possible to detect any cavities or potential dental problems early on, when a minimally invasive treatment can likely save the damaged tooth and restore the oral health! Fillings, for instance, are effective for treating cavities, if the cavity is detected and addressed quickly. Left to progress, a simple cavity can create a need for root canal treatment or even an extraction.
So make sure you pay attention to your smile, and don’t neglect routine dental visits. For most patients, they need to visit the dentist for a cleaning at least twice a year, but some patients require even more frequent visits, in order to adequately prevent dental problems.