New Year’s resolutions are popular ways for people to get motivated for self-improvement. While many might resolve to quit smoking, write that novel, or start going to the gym regularly this year, it’s also a great idea to get on top of your oral hygiene. A huge part of taking proper care of your teeth is having regular dental exams and cleanings from your dentist. Here are a few reasons why scheduling your next dental checkup earlier in the year can help you keep smiling brightly in the later months.
Treat Problems in Their Early Stages
Tooth decay and gum disease and be stealthy and insidious little enemies. They often sneak up without you realizing it, and they can already be doing irreversible damage by the time you notice any resulting discomfort. Thankfully, catching them in their early stages can prevent cavities and other infections from forming, saving the patient from pain, tooth loss, and even dangerous secondary infections like pneumonia or sepsis.
By showing up at your dentist’s office as recommended, you give your teeth the chance to be monitored by a professional eye and treated accordingly. They can advise you on better hygiene practices and even reverse tooth decay before cavities form. This is a crucial part of maintaining good health and a pretty smile.
You Can Enhance Your Smile’s Appearance
Years of use can take their toll on your teeth, and the wear and tear can begin to show eventually. Thankfully, your dentist is equipped to deal with these issues. A thorough professional cleaning can rid your teeth of unsightly plaque and tartar. If you have minor chips, cracks, gaps, or stains on your teeth, your dentist can cover them up with direct bonding in minutes without anesthesia during a routine dental appointment. If you need more help than that, you can consult with your dentist about further treatments to make your smile look pretty and healthy.
In addition to health and cosmetic concerns, scheduling a dental appointment early in the year can help you meet your deductible early and get the most out of your insurance benefits. Dental appointments are a great way to stay looking great while saving money in the long run.
About the Author
Dr. Austin Amos earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston and stays up to date with the latest developments in the dental field through continuing education classes. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentists. His office in the Colony, TX offers general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. To schedule an appointment, contact the office online or dial (972) 625-4746.