Making time for twice-yearly dental visits is an excellent way to keep your smile healthy. Dr. Chanda Bennett, your Athens, GA dentist at Bella Dentistry, L.L.C., explains how preventative dental care helps you maintain good oral health.
Regular cleanings decrease tooth decay
Flossing and brushing help remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless bacterial film responsible for tooth decay. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to remove every speck of plaque from your mouth. It can collect in pits and grooves in your teeth or accumulate in hard-to-reach areas. During your dental visit, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces of plaque.
If plaque remains on your teeth long enough, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar. Tartar is not only unsightly, but can also cause painful gum disease if it forms at your gum line. The dental hygienist at your dentist's office uses special tools to chip away tartar, which helps reduce your risk of gum disease.
Problems are spotted when they're small
Tiny areas of tooth decay can be easily restored with small fillings when they're caught early. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to visit the dentist, the bigger your cavity grows. Big cavities eat away at large areas of your tooth and weaken it. Although your Athens dentist can fill these cavities, your tooth is more likely to crack and may even need a root canal in the future, in some cases. During your visits, she'll also look for other signs of damage to your teeth, such as cracks and wear caused by grinding, and offer the appropriate treatments.
Some general health problems are first detected at dental visits
The first symptom of a disease or condition may show up in your mouth. If you skip regular dental visits, it may be some time until your problem is diagnosed. Pale gums may indicate that you have anemia, while white spots in your mouth can be a sign of lupus. Your dentist is specially trained to spot a variety of illnesses that affect the mouth and will recommend that you visit your doctor if she notices any troubling signs.
Make regular dental visits a priority. Call Dr. Bennett, your Athens, GA dentist at Bella Dentistry, L.L.C., at (706) 546-7722 to schedule an appointment. Protect your teeth with preventative dental care!