If you have put off a dental check-up or cleaning in the past, you are not alone. Plenty of people delay preventive dental care, and they do so for a variety of reasons, ranging from financial concerns to a busy schedule. However, when you see your dentist regularly, you enjoy long-term benefits that people who skip dental appointments miss out on. Preventive dentistry is designed for your long-term oral health and to save you time and money in the future.
Why Are Regular Dental Exams Important?
Unfortunately, it is all too common for patients to wait until they experience pain or notice a visible cavity to make an appointment with the dentist. At that point, the cavity or other dental issue is likely in an advanced stage, which means invasive, expensive procedures may be necessary. Treatment may also require lengthy and multiple appointments.
A 2017 analysis of Guardian insurance company’s claims data found a correlation between relatively high use of preventive dental care and lower spending on major dental services. According to their data, employer groups with dental insurance who spent 13 percent more on preventive care experienced savings of 86 percent on major services.
At the office of Jeffrey J. Tibbs, DDS, this data matches our experience. People who come into our office regularly often save money on dental services in the long-term because dental exams and cleanings help our dental team catch and treat issues early on. In many cases, early treatment of developing dental issues allows us to avoid complex dental procedures.
In addition, you will get to enjoy a cleaner, brighter smile when your teeth are cleaned on a regular basis, which promotes smiling and improved self-confidence.
How Often Should I See the Dentist to Enjoy Long-Term Benefits?
Most people should see their dentist every six months for an exam and a dental cleaning. However, for the best oral health, the American Dental Association encourages you to work with your dentist to create a customized schedule for your exams and cleanings.
While twice-yearly visits are ideal for most patients, you may have health issues or dental problems that necessitate more frequent teeth cleanings and dental exams.
In our dental office, Dr. Tibbs provides personalized dental care to his patients. If you need a customized cleaning schedule, Dr. Tibbs will work with you to create a schedule that meets your unique needs.
Winston-Salem Family Dental Care
As a dentist in Winston-Salem, Dr. Tibbs offers top-notch, customized dental care to families and individuals. If your family is in need of dental care in the Winston-Salem area, our friendly dental team can help you.
If you still have questions about why preventive dentistry is so important, or why you should see Dr. Tibbs regularly, please feel free to ask our dental staff. We love answering questions about our patients’ oral healthcare, and we would be happy to discuss your dental needs with you.
We want you to enjoy excellent oral health for a lifetime and will always strive to help you reach your personal goals.