As we roll into summer, there is renewed hope that things will soon return to pre-pandemic normalcy. It has definitely been a year full of many challenges due to COVID-related restrictions and shutdowns. And at Solomon, the team at our family dental offices in Summerville, SC, has had to reduce hours, adhere to new standards, and work hard to shift things to serve all of our customers. If you have let your regular cleaning go by the wayside, now is the time to schedule your appointment and get back on track. As the masks are lifted, how will your smile fare?
Prevent Tooth Decay
During your regularly scheduled exam, we look for signs of tooth decay. Tooth decay is destruction to the surface of your teeth, typically caused by sugary foods. If you don’t have regular cleaning and exams – about every six months – plaque will begin to build on your teeth that can slowly eat away at a tooth’s integrity. Regular visits will reduce the risk of tooth decay and buildup. If not addressed, plaque buildup can lead to gum disease and dental cavities.
Stop Plaque Buildup
Plaque contains harmful bacteria that sticks to the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When it is allowed to build, it can lead to tartar. That tartar, over time, will begin to discolor your teeth. Studies show that only three out of four adults brush their teeth twice a day, and of those, not all of them do it correctly. By visiting your dentist every six months, you can reduce the risk of tartar and plaque buildup and enhance your overall oral health.
Prevent Gum Disease
During your regular exam and cleaning, your dentist checks for signs of gum disease before it can become a problem. It is always better to prevent gum disease than to treat it after the fact. Gum disease leads to red and swollen gums that can make it painful to brush, and in more serious cases, make it hurt to eat and drink. Regular checkups are just one way to reduce gum disease, along with other habits like brushing appropriately, flossing, and using mouthwash.
Save Money Long-Term
Regular maintenance will reduce the need for things like scaling and cavity treatment, which can both come with a hefty price tag. It costs much less to be proactive about keeping your teeth healthy than to try to restore your oral care after disease has been spotted.
As we return to a no-mask world, one thing that will make a huge difference in our society is the ability to smile at friends, family, and strangers alike. Regular dental exams are essential to keep your smile bright and attractive. So if you have had to skip the dentist due to COVID, make your appointment to visit one of our family dental offices in Summerville, SC today!