August 31, 2016
Brushing and flossing your teeth daily are an essential part of oral hygiene; however, there is one area of preventive care that is often overlooked—regular checkups with your dentist. Everyone, no matter the age, needs to visit the dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings to keep the teeth and gums healthy. As your general dentist near Lake Highlands, Dr. Ellis L. Ramsey does not want to see you place your oral health at risk due to inadequate oral hygiene.
Importance of Visiting the Dentist Regularly
Beginning from before the age of two, everyone needs to visit the dentist twice a year to ensure the proper development and health of the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, many underestimate the importance of regular visits. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only 83 percent of children between the ages of 2 to 17, 62 percent of adults between the ages of 18 to 64, and 62 percent of adults over the age of 65 have visited the dentist in the past year.
Regular dental cleanings are needed to remove plaque and tarter accumulations that have not been removed through daily brushing and flossing. Even with the best oral hygiene routine at home, there is still plaque and tarter in between the teeth, around the gum line, and in the deep crevasses of the back teeth. When these areas are not cleaned properly twice a year, you risk the development of dental caries and gum disease.
In addition to a thorough cleaning, a comprehensive dental checkup is needed twice a year. For children, a dental checkup ensures the teeth are developing properly. Through a regular appointment, Dr. Ramsey is able to detect potential areas of concern and provide the appropriate intervention. With the right care from an early age, Dr. Ramsey decreases the potential for more extensive or invasive treatments needed in the future. In addition, he will provide the treatments to protect young teeth from damage, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Even after the teeth have fully developed, adults must also maintain regular appointments to the dentist. As we age, our oral health needs change. During a routine appointment, Dr. Ramsey is able to diagnose potential complications that require repair. By treating any damage or the potential for damage early, Dr. Ramsey is able to restore a tooth’s health and function, reducing the need for extraction in the future.
With complete dental checkups every 6 months, you will help ensure you maintain a strong and healthy smile to last a lifetime.
Your Dentist for Preventive Care
As a Dallas and Lake Highlands dentist, Dr. Ramsey provides regular checkups and cleanings to promote your oral hygiene. With the right home care and care from your dentist, you will lessen the potential for the development of cavities and gum disease. If a problem should develop from lack of proper care, Dr. Ramsey offers restorative and periodontal therapy to reverse the damaging effects of poor oral hygiene.
If you are in need of a 6-month checkup, contact Dr. Ramsey’s office today to schedule a consultation.
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