How often do you visit our office when you aren’t experiencing a concern with your oral health? We hope that your answer is every six months, but sadly we know that is not the case for some of our patients. Your oral health is an extension of your overall health. Only visiting our office when you are experiencing a concern is opening yourself up to procedures and treatments that may have been preventable. We know that everyone leads busy lives between work and family commitments, and it can be a hassle to make and keep an appointment for a hygiene examination.
Isn’t Cleaning Teeth at Home Enough?
From the time you were a child, you have learned about the importance of maintaining proper oral care at home. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash daily, of course, are important, but they are only part of what gives you an overall healthy smile. The other part is what we are able to monitor and care for during your professional cleaning appointments. We properly clean and remove tartar and bacteria that has accumulated in the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Regularly removing this bacteria helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
We Look For Warning Signs
Visiting our office regularly allows us to monitor and check on any potential problems that might be brewing in your mouth. When we see you in our office every six months, we know what warning signs to look for, and while we might see an area of the mouth that has the potential to cause future problems, it isn’t enough to treat immediately. In addition to cleaning and polishing your teeth during an exam, we also check for gum disease and oral cancer. If these conditions go undetected, they can become real health concerns. Gum disease that remains untreated can lead to more severe problems such as diabetes and heart disease, while untreated oral cancer can eventually be life-threatening.
If you have not visited our office within the past six months for a hygiene examination and cleaning, we would love to have you schedule an appointment in our Jacksonville Beach, FL location today.