dental-care-richardsonA beautiful, healthy smile begins with routine dental care. Patients should get dental checkups, including professional cleanings and examinations, every six months to maintain good oral health.

Keeping on top of your regular dental appointments can help to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease, or at least limit the damage that they can cause. Early treatment for these conditions can stop them from progressing into more advanced stages that may require a more invasive treatment.

Gum Disease

For example, the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, generally responds to a thorough cleaning by a dental hygienist. However, more advanced forms, like periodontitis may require a surgical intervention to address the problem.

The consequences of oral health issues can be significant and life-changing. Tooth loss is merely the beginning. It can negatively affect your health and appearance.

The effects of oral diseases are not necessarily confined to the mouth, either. Recent research has suggested some sort of relationship between gum disease and systemic issues like heart disease and diabetes. Keeping your mouth healthy is an important part of keeping your entire body healthy.

dental-care-2Did you know that dental problems can even give you a headache?

Patients with bruxism, in which they unconsciously grind or clench their teeth, are more susceptible to severe headaches, as are those with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Our office offers treatment options tailored to reduce these symptoms, too.

You need an experienced, knowledgeable dentist to manage your dental care so that you can minimize your risk of negative outcomes from dental problems.
Our office provides a range of services, including general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, and we can serve as your dental home. If you ever require some type of specialty care, we can make referrals as needed.

We can also make recommendations for your home oral hygiene routine to ensure that you are doing everything necessary to protect your oral health in between visits to our office.

If you have gotten out of the habit of visiting the dentist every six months, schedule an appointment at our office soon to get back on track.