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How many dental visits do you have scheduled this year? Redlands, CA, dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts explains how frequently you should visit the dentist and discusses why regular visits are important.
Visiting every six months will help you protect your smile
Twice-yearly dental visits have been the standard for many years for a good reason. They're the key to both detecting and preventing cavities. Tooth decay can do a lot of damage to a tooth if it isn't caught early. The larger your cavity, the greater the change that a root canal or crown is in your future. When you visit our Redlands office every six months, we can detect cavities in their earliest stages. Treating cavities when they're small will keep your teeth stronger and help you avoid more complicated dental procedures.
Dental cleanings, an essential part of every dental checkup, also help you maintain a healthy smile. The cleanings remove plaque, the rough bacterial film that coats your teeth throughout the day. Plaque is dangerous because it combines with sugars in foods, creating strong acids that weaken your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Brushing gets rid of plaque, but you may still have some spots remaining on your teeth if they overlap or are crooked.
Our dental cleaning instruments remove plaque easily and also chip away tartar, the hard deposit that forms if plaque isn't removed. Tartar is very irritating to your sensitive gums and is a factor in gum disease. Fortunately, cleanings offer a simple way to get rid of plaque and tartar and reduce your cavity and gum disease risk.
Schedule a dental appointment if you notice any signs of trouble
Don't wait until your next dental checkup to report pain or other problems with your teeth. Call us to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms in between visits:
- Pain in your tooth, gums, roots or jaw
- A crack or large chip in your tooth
- Bleeding or receding gums
- A loose crown, bridge or veneer or poorly fitting dentures
- A change in your bite or difficulty chewing
- White or red patches or a lump in your gums or mouth
- A discolored tooth
- A loose or knocked out tooth after a blow to your mouth
- Abscess symptoms, which may include severe pain, fever, swelling, pus around a tooth and swollen lymph nodes
Keep your pearly whites healthy and strong with regular dental visits. Call Redlands, CA, dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts at (909) 793-9711 to schedule your next appointment.
Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.
The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.
There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.
Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.
The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.
Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.
For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.
The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.