Dental Checkups & Cleanings Should be on Your “To Do” List
Six-month checkups and cleanings aren’t glamorous, or even very exciting. Usually, routine visits to the dentist are something that you do because you know it’s good for you – sort of like eating your vegetables. As our lives get more hectic and we try to cram more activities into each day, it’s easy to postpone things like dental visits.
At Moubry Family Dentistry in Southern Pines NC, Dr. Amy Moubry and our staff encourage you to keep preventive dental visits at the top of your to-do list. Here’s why…
The Importance of Checkups & Cleanings
At your six-month dental checkup, the doctor will check your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth for emerging or current issues. By visiting the dentist on a regular basis, Dr. Moubry establishes a “baseline” against which she can compare the condition of your smile at each appointment.
If any issues pop up, Dr. Moubry can potentially identify them in the early stage, when conservative treatment can be delivered. She’ll keep an eye on your teeth for signs of cavities, look at your gums to make sure periodontal disease isn’t present, and evaluate the way your top and bottom teeth fit together. A non-invasive oral cancer screening can be a powerful preventive measure to preserve your oral and overall health.
During your dental cleaning, the hygienist will remove hardened plaque from your teeth and along the gumline to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque buildup harbors bacteria that can damage teeth and gums. A dental cleaning eliminates the environment these bad bacteria need to thrive.
Prioritize Oral Care
Next time you make a list of things to do, be sure to include a visit to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning. A small investment of your time now can deliver big rewards later in the form of a happy, healthy smile!