Good health is one of the essential ingredients of a long, happy life. Because of this, we all do our best to stay healthy by eating right, exercising, and visiting the doctor for annual checkups. But what about our dental health? Over 42 percent of Americans didn’t visit the dentist last year, according to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association.
While different people have different reasons for not scheduling dental checkups on at least a yearly basis- including lack of dental insurance, fear of the dentist, or lack of time- one thing is certain: preventative dental care is an extremely important part of our overall health picture, and it’s essential that we all make time to schedule check-ups with our dentist on a regular basis. If you haven’t been seen for a preventative dental visit lately, here are some of the most compelling reasons to stop what you’re doing and call your dentist right now for an appointment.
We all know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There’s a reason it got to be a famous quote- it’s true! By attending regular dental check-ups, you can help prevent serious issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss from occurring. By detecting and treating a problem early, your dentist can save you a world of time, money, and pain down the road- and all you have to do is show up!
Look, we get it- when it comes to daily oral care, you are a total rock star. You brush twice daily, floss at least once per day, and maybe even use a plaque-fighting mouthwash to seal the deal. That’s great- but you still need to get into the dentist’s chair at least once per year. Why? There are little nooks and crannies in your mouth that even the savviest flosser can’t reach alone. Your dental hygienist is equipped with a bunch of little tools that effectively clean away the plaque and tartar that can’t be swept away by a standard toothbrush. In other words, your daily brushing and flossing routine is like driving your vehicle through a car wash, but your annual dental cleaning is like getting your car detailed. By making and keeping those important check-up appointments, you can be sure that your teeth stay as clean and free of plaque and tartar buildup as possible.
Another thing you should consider is that dental checkups are your one big chance each year to get a set of bitewing X-rays taken. Those are the little x-ray images of your teeth that can alert your dentist to tiny cavities you may not have even noticed yet. Since it’s much easier for your dentist to fill a small cavity, catching it early means less drill time for you. Not only that, but isn’t it better to spot a cavity before it starts to hurt, rather than spend a night with a toothache?
If you’re looking for a dentist in New Hyde Park, you can’t wait to come & see each year for a checkup, Silverstein & Vinciguerra wants to meet you! We’re currently accepting new patients, and pride ourselves on giving you the best in quality dental care for you and your family. Call us today at 516-354-1768 to schedule a consultation- we look forward to seeing you!