Oftentimes, patients in the area of Houston, TX often think of visiting a dentist only when problems occur, whether it be a severe tooth ache or bleeding gums. However, with preventative dentistry, patients should visit the dentist more often to keep their smile healthy. Many patients will ask Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Peters Dental Associates: what is the importance of routine dental examinations?
Keeping the smile healthy and beautiful
One of the primary reasons why patients should visit their dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and examination is to be proactive about their oral health and wellness. When patients come in regularly to their dental practice, they are making their oral health a priority. These visits are great for building a trusting relationship with the dental provider. It also allows the dentist to evaluate the smile and determine if any problems are occurring such as dental decay and periodontal disease. These conditions can have a negative impact on the overall health of the smile, and if they are caught early enough, our team can intervene and address the problem before it becomes bigger and more damaging to the soft tissues, bone, and teeth. Early intervention is key in many situations.
During these cleanings and evaluations, patients may also undergo x-rays. X-rays are used to allow the dentist to see within the teeth, places that cannot be evaluated with the naked eye. Sometimes, cavities and infections can start in the areas that are not visible. By using an x-ray, the dentist can provide a more thorough evaluation and catch problems early.
Taking a proactive approach to dental health will also save patients money. Instead of being “reactive” about dental problems, only addressing them when they arise, patients who are proactive about their dental health will often avoid many of these problems to begin with. This can help them avoid costly reconstructive procedures that less dedicated patients may experience with fewer dental visits.
Are you overdue for a cleaning and examination?
We encourage you to take the time to connect with Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Peters Dental Associates to get in for your routine examination and dental cleaning. Take the steps to a healthier smile! Call the office at (281) 486-8061 and visit Suite 100 at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard.