You are the paragon of dental virtue. Twice a day you find yourself in front of a mirror brushing and flossing. Friends might give you a hard time about it, but they also compliment you on your sparkling, white teeth. What they probably wouldn’t guess is that you haven’t been to the dentist in years. The excuses are as varied as they are numerous: I don’t have time, I need that money for something else, I take care of my teeth fine by myself. However, your gums have started to look a little red lately and are a bit sensitive to touch. How can your pristine dental habits explain this? Dr. Buck and Dr. Burton want you to know why regular visits to the dentist in Dublin is always a good idea.
Why Should I Regularly See The Dentist?
Despite what oral hygiene habits you have, be they regimented or imaginary, brushing and flossing simply aren’t enough to keep your teeth and gums completely healthy. Your teeth have too many small crevices for you to be able to reach them on your own with the tools you have available at home. You could brush or floss three times a day and still miss important spots. Plaque and bacteria, which lead to tooth decay, tend to build up most on the surface of the molars, which have parts that are too small for even a tooth brush to reach. Tartar, or hardened plaque, can build up over time and cannot be removed by just brushing. Our hygienists have the skills and the tools to clean your teeth deeper than you can. Also, some oral conditions are not apparent to the untrained eye, namely gum disease and oral cancer. Many times, especially with cancer, the disease will need to progress to an advanced stage in order for someone to notice. At this point treatment will need to be very invasive and uncomfortable. The best medicine is prevention, as they say. Regular visits to the dentist can stop many problems before they even start, which is how we prefer to treat most issues.
How Will My Visit Go? What If Its Been A Long Time?
We treat every patient with courtesy and respect regardless of the frequency of their visits. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we may want to take some x-rays of your teeth and mouth so we can fully evaluate them. These x-rays take very little time and are immediately shared with you. Afterwards, one of our team will perform a thorough and complete cleaning of your teeth, addressing the problem areas that are often missed, and breaking down built up tartar. We will make sure you are comfortable during the entire cleaning, and will always inform you of what is going on. We will then send you home with an easy-to-follow oral hygiene plan and a smile.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
We recommend a bi-annual check-up, or once every 6 months to have optimum oral health. It doesn’t matter if it’s been a while since your last visit, because we are here to take care of you. Come by Distinctive Smiles of Dublin today so we both can make sure your smile lasts a lifetime.