Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything on your to-do list. At Durham Dental Group, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.
Twice-yearly dental exams are crucial for keeping your smile in ideal shape!
“But my teeth feel fine.”
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.
1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in jeopardy.
2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any damage.
3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. We will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is vital.
After your entire mouth has been examined, we’ll review what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often, or just staying the course with your dental hygiene regimen, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!
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