The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist for a routine exam and cleaning at least once every six months or twice a year. Do you know why this routine is important? Prevention is the cornerstone of keeping a healthy smile because most big smile problems can be prevented. By regularly getting a dental exam and cleaning, you help to decrease your risks of developing common conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Routine dental exams allow your dentist to thoroughly check up on your mouth’s health and to look for any signs of potential trouble. The earlier that an issue is identified, the earlier it can be treated, and the more likely your smile is to stay bright and healthy. 

Prevent Expensive Issues

A routine exam allows you and your dentist to get ahead of problems. People often wait until there is pain or discomfort before finally seeing the dentist. For gum disease and cavities, there often isn’t any pain or discomfort until the condition is in an advanced stage. However, your dentist is trained to spot the early signs of problems that you might miss. Finding an issue early gives you a chance to treat the issue at an less advanced stage, which usually means that treatment is less invasive, less expensive, and takes less time. Waiting to go to the dentist until you have an issue usually puts you in a position to deal with a problem that could have been prevented.

Your Smile Is Linked To Your Overall Health

Your smile’s health plays an important role in your overall well-being. A routine dental exam involves checking the health and integrity of your teeth, and it also involves inspecting your periodontal and oral tissues to check for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and more. Early detection of gum disease can give you a chance to save your teeth and reduce your risks of related problems like stroke and heart disease. Early detection of oral cancer can save your life.

Routine dental visits help keep your smile healthy

To schedule your routine exam and cleaning with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield, TX and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.