Unfortunately, by the time many people visit their local dentist, they are in a crisis mode. That means that a problem has been festering for some time, has given several warning signs of its development and has been ignored.
Then there are other instances where the issue has been silently getting worse over time and can only been detected by the trained eyes of a dentist. For example, the patient may be suffering from a missing tooth. Instead of getting single tooth dental implant, the patient waiting for too long may result in the weakening of the entire dental structure. In near future, this would end up requiring multiple tooth replacement.
Either scenario could be averted by preventive care, which is encapsulated in the semi-annual visit to your dentist. The main services provided while there are a thorough cleaning and checkup. The former will leave you with a level of oral cleanliness that you just can’t match at home, removing built-up plaque and tartar.
The checkup will allow your dentist to detect any developing issues early. For example, he can spot a cavity well before it develops to the point where you are feeling discomfort. Your local professional can then develop a plan of action to address the problem in its fledgling stages.
Another huge incentive for maintaining regular visits to your Leesburg dentist is that it will save you a lot of money. Most insurance carriers will cover up to 100 percent of preventive care visits, but the more involved corrective treatment becomes, the more you can usually expect to pay out-of-pocket.
When you visit your dentist on a regular basis, there is a good chance that you won’t suffer from gum disease and tooth loss. Even if you have been slacking on your oral hygiene, by maintaining your semi-annual appointment, your dentist will be able to catch the early warning signs and advise you of the changes that need to be made in your dental care regimen to prevent major problems.
Many people don’t maintain these visits because they are too busy, but some creative planning can fix that. For example, if you have children and desire to maximize your time, then schedule your appointments around their holiday and summer breaks.
Having optimal oral health is not just a privilege – its your right. So take advantage of the opportunity you have before you by taking the proactive approach of reaching out to your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Wael Elosta graduated from dental school in 2000 and went on to complete his General Practice Residency at Louisiana State University. Since then, he has remained thirsty for more knowledge, completing training modules in several areas of treatment. Dr. Elosta practices at Lansdowne Family Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.