How many times a year do you see your dentist? Regular appointments are an essential aspect of maintaining good oral health. Dr. Terry Linneman, who practices family dentistry at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS, helps you protect your smile with a range of treatments and services.
When is the best time to schedule checkups?
If you don't follow the every-six-month rule when it comes to scheduling dental checkups, your oral health may suffer. Regular dental visits provide several important benefits, including:
- Cavity Detection: Oral examinations and X-rays help your dentist diagnose tooth decay. Although a cavity may seem like a minor problem, tooth decay can cause significant problems if it isn't treated promptly. Spreading decay can destroy your tooth and even spread to nearby teeth. Although a filling may be all you need if you have a small cavity, very large ones may require restoration with crowns or inlays or onlays. If the decay reaches your pulp, your entire tooth will be at risk. Although root canals can often save teeth in this circumstance, extraction may be the only solution if the decay is widespread. Luckily, your dentist can detect and treat tooth decay before it causes serious problems if you visit every six months.
- Diagnosis of Gum Disease: During your examination, your dentist will also take a close look at your gums. Bleeding, swollen or red gums, or chronic bad breath can be signs that you have gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Treating gingivitis can help you avoid the more serious stages of gum disease. Unfortunately, if you don't visit the dentist regularly, you may overlook your gum disease symptoms.
- Identification of Other Dental Problems: Your Prairie Village, KS, dentist will also look for other symptoms that can cause trouble with your oral health, such as cracks in teeth, cracked or loose fillings, or enamel erosion due to nightly grinding. He'll also examine your mouth and jaw for possible signs of oral cancer, such as lumps, bumps, or red or white patches.
If you experience a toothache or notice any oral health symptoms that concern you, don't wait for your next checkup for all of your family dentistry needs. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment. Delaying dental care may result in more extensive dental work and even the loss of a tooth.
Protect your smile with regular dental appointments. Visit Prairie Village, KS, dentist Dr. Terry Linneman for all your family dentistry needs. Call him at (913) 649-7500 to schedule an appointment.