February 3, 2017
You probably have a little sticker on your car’s windshield that reminds you when you need to change the oil. Why do you have this? It’s probably an easy question to answer: Regular oil changes keep your car running smoothly and save you from having to get expensive repairs. The exact same can be said for regularly seeing your dentist in Ocean City, MD. Routine check-ups and cleanings are some of the most basic and essential ways you can keep your teeth healthy year-in and year-out, and Dr. Edward Dougherty Jr. is going to explain why you should get them at least twice a year.
Why Cleanings and Check-Ups Are Essential
If you are consistently brushing and flossing your teeth, you probably think you are taking very good care of them, and in fact, you are! However, your teeth are very complicated structures with many small, hard to reach surfaces, and this is especially true when talking about the back teeth. Many of these areas are simply inaccessible to your brush and floss. In addition to that, many people either miss or completely forget to clean along the gum line, and this can lead to gum disease, which is actually the leading cause of tooth loss for patients 35 and over.
In order to take care of these problem areas, you need to see Dr. Dougherty at least twice a year. During these visits, you’ll get a professional dental cleaning that will completely eliminate plaque from those hard to reach places. His team has the special tools and training to clean your teeth in ways you simply can’t at home. Not only will this help your teeth stay healthy, but it will keep them looking beautiful as well.
This also gives Dr. Dougherty the chance to examine your teeth and gums, which is important for a few reasons. Many dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease, develop very slowly and can be hard to see during their initial stages, making it very easy for you to not notice them. His trained eyes will be able to spot signs of these conditions early. This will allow him to use more conservative treatments that can save you both time and discomfort in the dentist’s chair. The sooner a problem is spotted, the easier it is to treat.
It is recommended that you get check-ups and dental cleanings at least twice a year, and this is a small ask to maintain both your oral health and appearance. Two quick and easy visits are all you need to have a gorgeous smile that you never have to worry about. That is certainly worth 2 hours of your time over the course of 12 months.
We want your smile to be healthy for years, and the best way we can assure that is with regular check-ups and cleanings every 6 months. It’s all you need to have a smile you’re always proud to show off.
If you want to know more about how we can help your teeth or want to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today.
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