Properly caring for your teeth involves more than just brushing and flossing every day; you also need to get a dental checkup every six months. Unfortunately, lots of people like to put off this important task. If you’re one of those people, all of us here at ZDental want you to know that we’re here to improve the dental health of Philadelphia and New Jersey residents, one checkup at a time. Putting off your next dental checkup can have serious consequences for the health of your teeth and your overall health, so here are a few of the many reasons to schedule that dentist appointment you’ve been avoiding:
Cavities Don’t Happen Overnight
By the time your cavity becomes visible or starts causing you pain, it’s probably already been developing for a long time. If cavities aren’t taken care of in a timely fashion, they can end up turning into bigger problems that require more extensive procedures (like root canals) to fix. Only your dentist has the appropriate x-ray equipment to spot a developing cavity so it can be dealt with before it becomes a bigger problem, so don’t put off your next dental checkup!
You Dentist Can Keep Tabs on Your Gum Health
One of the biggest causes of gingivitis is improper brushing and flossing technique. If you’re not brushing and flossing properly, you can develop gingivitis, which can easily progress to full-blown gum disease. Gum disease can cause tooth loss and has also been linked to increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke (among a host of other serious health problems). Your dentist is your first line of defense against gingivitis and gum disease because they can help monitor your gum health and advise you on how to improve your brushing and flossing technique, so make sure you’re not intentionally avoiding your next checkup.
Skipping a Checkup Now Will Mean More Dental Appointments Later
As we mentioned earlier, preventative maintenance is the best policy when it comes to your dental health. Skipping appointments now can allow serious problems to build up, like cavities and gum disease. If these conditions are allowed to progress, you can be certain of one thing: you’ll be in for a lot more dental appointments in the future. Serious cavities may mean you’ll have to undergo a root canal, or even have teeth removed. And if you allow gum disease to progress, not only will you be seeing a lot more of your dentist, you’ll likely be visiting the doctor’s office more often as well.
There are lots of reasons why people put off their dental checkups but we want to encourage you to overcome your fears and schedule your next appointment today. ZDental has 5 different locations in the Philadelphia area and New Jersey, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to evaluate your dental health. You can contact the office closest to you or fill out our online contact form to request an appointment instantly. Don’t wait; schedule your next dental checkup today!