Spring is just around the corner, and you’re likely preparing your home for the new season. Dusting, mopping, and decluttering are probably on your to-do list — but what are you doing for your smile?
Even if you brush and floss regularly, it’s still important to see your dentist twice a year for dental checkups. These routine appointments help prevent major dental complications by increasing the likelihood that problems are caught early on. Plus, it never hurts to have a talented hygienist perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth to remove plaque and tartar, the primary drivers of tooth decay and gum disease!
If you’re looking for excellent preventative dental care in Waco, TX, stop by Hillcrest Dental Care. Dr. Thrasher has built a practice that prioritizes patient comfort and top-notch results. Give us a call at 254-400-2868 to schedule an appointment.
In the meantime, read on to learn more about what routine dental exams and cleanings can do for your smile!
Identify Problems Early On
Two of the most common dental complications — tooth decay and gum disease — get progressively worse the longer they go untreated. And unfortunately, they’re extremely common. Approximately 92 percent of adults have at least one cavity, and roughly half of adults suffer from gum disease!
Both problems usually stem from bacterial buildup on your teeth and gums. This harmful bacteria can cause infection of the gum tissue and cause erosion of your enamel, the strong outer layer of your teeth that serves as your body’s first defense against tooth decay. Unfortunately, the same bacteria can cause an infection of the inner, nerve-filled part of a tooth. In the worst case scenario, severe tooth decay and gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
Needless to say, it’s much less of a headache to come in for regular dental checkups than it is to undergo a root canal, tooth extraction, or other more involved dental procedure!
Thoroughly Clean Your Smile
One of the main things we do during these routine visits is have our hygienists remove any tartar — or hardened bacterial buildup — that has accumulated on your teeth. Tartar, also sometimes called calculus, bonds to your enamel and compromises the health of your smile. It can’t safely be removed at home, so these deep cleanings are an important part of your routine checkup.
And we think you’ll enjoy the cosmetic benefits, too! Your smile will feel smoother and look cleaner than it was when you came in the office.
Check For Irregularities
In addition to looking for signs of gum disease and tooth decay, the compassionate team at Hillcrest Dental Care performs a ViziLite oral cancer screening to detect abnormalities. When diagnosed early, oral cancer has a high survival rate, which is why we feel it’s important to routinely look for signs and symptoms.
Take Ownership Of Your Dental Health
Routine appointments also provide an opportunity for you to get to know your dentist and vice versa! When you’re comfortable with your care providers, you’re more likely to ask questions and bring up concerns you have with your dental health.
Dr. Thrasher is a huge believer in education as an important part of dentistry! He’s always learning about the latest and most effective technologies and techniques in dentistry so he can better serve his patients. But he also wants to provide patients with the information they need to take ownership of their dental health!
We think you’ll love the care and attention to detail you’ll find at Hillcrest Dental Care. Come experience it for yourself! Call us at 254-400-2868 to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, or use our online form to request an appointment.