If you were to ask a number of adults what their biggest dental fear would be, tooth loss would probably be number one on their list. While there are restorative procedures available to address this concern, it is always better to act sooner rather than later and attempt to prevent these circumstances from occurring rather than restoring damage already incurred. In today’s blog, your Pella, IA dentist will take a look at the importance of preventive dentistry and when you should schedule your family checkup.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
While you may be aware of the importance of brushing due to instilled values from your parents growing up, the fact of the matter is that many adults – especially in the midst of a hectic daily schedule – tend to neglect many of the other important factors that accompany excellent preventive care: being mindful of the effects of foods and your smile, and attending routine appointments to the dentist. Indeed, all three of these aspects (including brushing and flossing) must be constantly addressed in order to ensure a lifelong grin. What’s more, making sure that you come in for your family examination and cleaning at least once every six months is needed to monitor your smiles and ensure minor concerns do not turn major. If you and your family are in need of an office visit, do not hesitate to reach out to our team today.
Checking for Abnormalities
When you come in for your examination, bear in mind that it serves more purposes than to point out any cavities you may have gotten. In fact, our team will take the time to carefully examine your teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, lips, and throat for abnormalities. These can range from red or white rough patches to bumps, inflammation to discoloration, and of course damage, decay, trauma, and more.
Following your examination, we will provide a dental cleaning to remove deposits of plaque or tartar caused by harmful oral bacteria. If left untreated, these microorganisms can wreak havoc on your smile and cause a number of major concerns, including decay, infection, and even tooth loss.
How You Can Help
While we recommend attending your family visit once every six months, bear in mind that during those six months you should make conscious efforts to stay on top of proper care at home as well. Our office is more than happy to provide resources and best practices to ensure healthy development, and we welcome you to reach out to us to learn more.
Schedule Your Family’s Visit
For more information about the importance of preventive care or to schedule your appointment with our team, contact Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA by calling 641-628-1121 today.