November 15, 2018
The best way to treat a dental health condition is to prevent it from happening, which is why your appointments with your dentist in Fremont for maintenance are so vital to your oral wellness. How often should you visit, though? Read on, as your dentist provides an answer to that question and explains what happens while you’re there.
Why is Preventive Care So Valuable?
Unfortunately, many people view dentist visits as something to be done when there is a problem like a painful cavity or misaligned teeth. In reality, the best way to receive the greatest value from your dentist is to visit for preventive care.
Not only do these appointments offer a way to prevent the many oral health problems that can arise, but they also amount to huge cost savings. That’s because insurance companies will typically cover up to 100% of the fees.
How Often Should You Visit?
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months for preventive care. This is considered a reasonable amount of time between appointments for patients with normal oral health (no history of gum disease or frequent cavities). Therefore, if there are any developing issues like plaque accumulation, it can be addressed before it mushrooms into a greater challenge.
Here is what you can expect to happen while visiting:
- Digital X-Rays – By capturing photos with digital X-Rays, your dentist can get a more accurate picture of your oral cavity. Better yet, the amount of radiation transmitted with digital X-Rays is up to 90% less than the traditional method.
- Teeth Cleaning – A trained dental hygienist will perform a tedious cleaning to remove any built-up plaque and calculus (tartar) to help protect your teeth and gum tissue from decay.
- Oral Cancer Screening – Researchers estimate that over 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. With early detection, though, there is a much better chance of fighting the disease.
- Consultation – Before leaving, you’ll have an opportunity to sit down with your dentist to discuss his or her findings and determine what needs to be done moving forward to make a positive impact on your oral health.
This is a Great Time to Visit!
The end of the year is rapidly approaching, which means your dental insurance will soon be renewing. Thus, the benefits you’ve paid for all year will be lost if not used by December 31st.
So to experience the advantage of maintaining regular visits with your dentist, reach out today to schedule your first appointment!
About the Author
For nearly 30 years, Dr. James Block has been a fixture in the Fremont area. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, he takes pride in both educating his patients and helping to restore their oral health by providing expert and compassionate care. Dr. Block treats patients at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information through his website.
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