How Regular Dental Visits Can Save You Money Posted on January 8, 2015 by Colleyville Dentist in Dental Office A visit to your dental office every six months can save you more than just cash … being proactive with your dental health can mean less time spent undergoing dental corrections as well as saving yourself from any discomfort that may be preventable. What happens at these twice yearly dental appointments that are so critical to your dental health? Quite simply, your dentist or hygienist will clean away plaque that has built up on your teeth since your last visit. Plaque build-up contributes significantly to decay and gum disease. As plaque is removed, unattractive stains are scraped away as well. Teeth are flossed and polished as the final step to the cleaning process. A dental exam is conducted checking for problems like cavities or gum issues; however, this exam could literally save your life because your dentist is also checking for oral cancer. Your dentist has been trained on what to look for, and if anything suspicious appears, further testing is recommended. Imagine skipping dental appointments … a mere one hour every six months … and eventually being faced with extensive dental repair, or worse, that likely could have been prevented with that one hour investment. Many patients will cite lack of dental insurance as a reason to skip semi-annual appointments; however, for the cost of a family dinner out or an evening at the movies or a concert, you could experience the best dental care available. Now that you have seen the advantages of regular dental appointments, you need to follow the guidelines to help maintain excellent dental health between appointments: Floss daily to remove particles your tooth brush doesn’t reach. Brush a minimum of twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel. Do not use tobacco products in any form. Limit sugary snacks and beverages. Sugar is the primary substance that sticks to teeth resulting in plaque build-up. Keep hydrated (water is recommended). Dry mouth can contribute to dental problems so if you are experiencing this, ask your dentist for possible solutions. Keeping regular dental appointments and following these simple rules may save you from expensive and time consuming repairs. But even the most vigilant patient may be faced with unexpected issues … if this occurs, follow the program outlined by your dental provider for the best results. To learn more or to schedule your next dental visit, contact our skilled and dedicated team at Anderson Dentistry today.