Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you need to do. At Decatur Smiles, we understand that. But we urge you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.
Twice-yearly dental exams are essential for keeping your smile in prime shape!
“But my teeth feel fine,” you may say. Don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.
1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.
2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any damage.
3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 doctor Teichmiller will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is crucial.
After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!