If you’re like most people, you probably dread going to the dentist. Many people don’t want to sit in the dentist’s chair only to discover you need a cavity filled or root canal therapy. However, what most people don’t realize is that these regular dental checkups can save you thousands. When a preventative care dentist finds a small issue, they are able to quickly repair tooth damage before it requires more expensive treatment.

In this blog post, we will be explaining how preventative dental examscan be your best tool toward maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. The cost of a dental checkup can be far overshadowed by the cost of emergency tooth repair.

Catch Dental Problems Early

If you wait until you “have” to go to the dentist, you may have to pay for tooth restoration services, such as root canals, dental crowns, or even tooth extractions. To safeguard your smile (and your wallet), we recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist every six months so they can catch oral health problems early.

Preventative dental care is less expensive than tooth restoration because you are catching dental problems early when they need minimal treatment. Six months is the ideal time frame to go in for a regular check-up. Most dental insurance policies cover regular checkups and cleanings when they’re spaced six months apart.

Reduce Plaque Buildup

It’s important you adopt an oral hygiene routine and stick with it. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing and flossing your teeth will disrupt the buildup of plaque and reduce your risk for cavities. However, the effectiveness of your oral hygiene routine against plaque also depends on how often you see your dentist. During a professional teeth cleaning, your dentist will be able to use special tools to remove plaque more effectively from your teeth than just brushing your teeth at home.

Excessive plaque and tartar buildup can eventually cause periodontal (gum) disease. Thankfully, a professional cleaning from your dentist can prevent tartar buildup so your teeth and gums remain healthy. Tartar contains bacteria that cause cavities, which is why it’s important to go to your dentist for teeth cleanings every six months.

Maintain Good Overall Health

Did you know that your dental health is linked to your overall health? For example, people with periodontal disease are 40% more likely to also have a chronic health condition than people without gum disease.

During a dental checkup, an Novi MI dentist might be able to catch the early warning signs of other health conditions such as heart disease. For example, periodontal disease can be a sign of cardiovascular issues. The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can travel through your bloodstream to create blood clots in your heart’s blood vessels. If too much dental plaque from periodontal disease enters the bloodstream, it could even cause the heart’s blood vessels to swell.

If you are interested in our preventative dental services, please call our Novi family dentist at (248) 476-9121. Dr. Stephen J. Minns DDS is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles through regular dental checkups.