Why Preventive Dentistry Appointments Matter [BLOG]

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Our Wellesley MA dental team is hoping to see your smiling face in one of our comfortable chairs this spring. We know that finding the time to squeeze in your preventive dentistry appointments can be a challenge. But keep reading to hear all about why it is worth coming to see us ever 3-6 months, and then give us a call at 781-304-8172 to confirm your next visit.

Preventing Big Problems

Preventive dentistry is all about heading off common oral health problems like tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease (periodontal disease) that can occur when infections are allowed to run wild in the mouth.

To that end, when you are here for your professional teeth cleanings and dental exams, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to make sure there are no signs that something has gone awry. If we do detect anything, we’ll get right to work on addressing small issues before they have an opportunity to develop into something larger that could be more painful and costly to deal with.

Here’s a prime example of what we’re talking about: gum disease starts out small and is easy to reverse, in the early stages. But it soon will become an invasive and total health issue that could lead to tooth loss and worse.

You see, gum disease do not stop at ravaging your mouth. Studies have shown that gum disease is correlated to more serious medical concerns like heart disease and diabetes.

It is unclear whether or not there is a true cause-and-effect relationship. As of yet, all we really know is that people with gum disease are at a higher risk of these issues.

Still, why would you want to make yourself more vulnerable by ignoring your oral health needs?

Keeping It Fresh

While you are here for your regular cleanings, our dental hygienists will scale and polish the teeth while removing all the harmful bacteria in your mouth. The polishing makes it harder for plague and harmful material to stick to the surface of the teeth in the months between appointments. A professional cleaning will also make your breath fresh and help keep disease and decay at bay. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, that’s something we’ll need to know because something else could be going on.

Going The Extra Mile

Besides all the usual stuff you associate with preventive dental care, we can also quite possibly save your life by identifying problems like oral cancer in the earliest stages.

Most folks don’t realize that oral cancers are often related to lumpy spots, raised bumps, or white lesions in the mouth. And our team is trained to look for these abnormalities before they go too far. The good news is that oral cancer has a high survival rate if caught sooner than later, but it’s much less treatable as time goes by.

We are always happy to administer the extra oral cancer exam during your regular teeth cleanings and oral exams.

Call Today To Take Back Your Smile

We hope that you have been inspired to get a spring cleaning for your smile. Call Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, MA today at 781-304-8172 or fill out our convenient online form to request your next preventive dentistry appointment. We’ll keep you smiling for many years to come!