Bad Consequences of Skipping Dental Checkups
If your teeth look good and you have no symptoms of pain, can you skip your next dental checkup? While many people may be tempted to put off routine exams and only visit us when they have discomfort or pain, that can ultimately backfire on you and leave you facing more extensive treatments and costly procedures.
Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, recommends biannual checkups for most of our patients. During your checkup, we will check for plaque and tartar buildup, and because it can increase your risk of dental problems and have an adverse effect on your overall health, we will remove it. We may recommend treatments that can help you avoid the need for more dramatic treatments in the future. For example, filling a small cavity now can drastically reduce your need for a root canal treatment and porcelain crown in the future.
We will also examine your smile for any abnormalities. Gum disease rarely has noticeable symptoms in its earliest stages, but left untreated, it can cause tooth, bone and tissue loss. The early symptoms of oral cancer can also be easily missed, but our dentist will check for any sores or lesions that may indicate the presence of a problem.
If you get a clean bill of dental health, we may just recommend ways you can tweak your dental hygiene routine so that you can stay on the same healthy-smile track. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your next dental exam.