We use our teeth every day of our life … they help us eat, speak, and show emotion through a smile. There are very few things that are used so often every day that do not require consistent professional care, so establishing those twice yearly visits with the family dentist will help to keep those much utilized teeth in peak condition.
What are the possible consequences of neglecting those regular dental visits?
- Plaque build-up: Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on teeth that is comprised primarily of bacteria. Food and beverages consumed add to the formation of plaque on teeth particularly at the gum line. Daily brushing and flossing are advantageous to minimizing the formation of plaque, but even the most fastidious patient will have to deal with plaque.
- Decay: Catching dental decay before it can escalate will aid in keeping repairs small.
- Yellowing: At each hygiene visit, your dental provider will scrape away plaque and dental stain. After teeth are cleaned, they are polished to look their best. Delaying dental appointments not only makes plaque removal more time consuming, but teeth can look drab and dull.
- Gum disease: At each dental visit, a dental exam will assess any potential problems pertaining to gum tissue. If gums are bleeding or tissue is receding, neglect could lead to periodontal disease.
- Negative habits: Patients can develop dental problems like grinding and clenching. If not caught in a timely fashion, teeth can be worn down, cracked or broken. Quite often, grinding and clenching starts during sleep and has been attributed to stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger. But a malocclusion can contribute to grinding as well, and the family dentist will watch for these types of problems at each appointment.
Now that you have decided to keep your dental appointments, what can you expect?
First of all, removing plaque will enhance dental health by eliminating bacteria that can lead to decay and gum disease. An added benefit to removing harmful bacteria may be to inhibit chronic bad breath.
Second, having your teeth clinically cleaned every six months will help with their appearance by removing stains attributed to smoking, drinking beverages like coffee, tea and red wine, and diet choices that discolor teeth.
Finally, daily brushing and flossing will improve your odds for a positive outcome at your semi-annual dental appointments.
Keep your bi-yearly dental appointments with Fielder Park Dental by calling 817-275-4817 to schedule an appointment today.