When you finally bought your dream car did you let it sit unattended to in the driveway for years at a time, or did you enjoy taking it out on the open road? Chances are you couldn’t wait to hit the open road, or even to head to the grocery store, all because you were so excited to get behind the wheel. That said, you also likely knew that the more miles you put on your car, the more necessary it became to take it for regular maintenance. After all, the little time it takes to get oil changes, tire rotation, and other preventive measures can pay off big time, by helping to prolong the life of your dream car, or any car, for that matter. Well, your smile is similar to your car, in that a bit of preventive dental maintenance now can help you enjoy it for years to come.
Avoid Problems Down the Road with Regular Preventive Care
Cavities and gum disease are two of the most common dental problems faced by kids and adults alike. Nearly 90 percent of adults will struggle with cavities, and millions of Americans are estimated to struggle with gum disease, a chronic condition that can have negative effects on one’s entire body, beyond just the smile.
Fortunately these and many other dental issues are largely preventable with proper dental care.
- Daily dental hygiene at-home is important. Think of it like adding gas to your tank, or checking your oil. Daily dental maintenance, like teeth brushing and flossing, is fast and inexpensive, yet it can reduce the risk of pesky dental problems, and discomfort.
- Routine dental visits are also crucial, though. They’re similar to having your oil changed or your tires changed. They cost a bit more money than daily care, but they can help to save a great deal of trouble and money down the road, by preventing worsening dental issues.
- In the case of the smile, once plaque has calcified onto teeth, it can only be removed through a professional cleaning. Left unaddressed, plaque bacteria is what leads to cavities that would likely require restorative dentistry, as well as gingivitis, which can require extensive periodontal cleanings.
- This is why most dentists recommend visiting twice a year for an exam and cleaning, however if you have been prone to dental decay in the past, you may find that more frequent visits are necessary for you to preserve your oral health.