Are you Thankful for your Dental Exam?
This is the time of year when our sentimental side starts to show. It could be the Fall air and the colorful fluttering leaves the season brings. It might also have a little something to do with all the pumpkin spice lattes. Whatever your trigger for gratitude, we hope you enjoy all the joys of that the changing seasons bring. We want to express our thankfulness for our wonderful patients, and, in this post, we also want to point out a few of the reasons you might feel thankful for your dental exams.
A dental exam may seem an unlikely event to feel grateful for, but here are some of the things that these visits do for you:
1.Your exam can help you see more clearly. What? How can a dental exam help you see more clearly? Let's explain. What you see when you look in the mirror is only a small aspect of what may really be going on in your mouth. We're not just talking about the fact that dental x-rays see below the surface of your gums. Another thing that could happen during your routine exam is that we find plaque or tartar - or both. Sometimes, we even uncover habits such as clenching the jaw or grinding teeth, things that happen during the sleeping hours but that can cause a lot of problems for your mouth. When it comes to protecting your oral health, two heads really are better than one.
2.Your exam can keep you from extensive care. Consider how much easier it is for your dentist to remove a little plaque and tartar than it is to eliminate a nasty infection in the pulp of a tooth. When you keep regular appointments for exams and cleanings, this is far more likely to be the norm.
3.Routine care can mitigate dental anxiety. If you think about what makes you anxious before a dental visit, you may identify aspects of care like having a tooth drilled, or needing shots of anesthetic. If you knew that you wouldn't need these things, you might feel much more at ease seeing the dentist.
There are many more benefits that stem from seeing your dentist every six months. To get on and stay on a great path of oral health, call our Long Island office at (631) 423-6767.