A Regular Dental Checkup near Arlington, VA Can Reduce Cavities

How long has it been since you had a checkup? If you’re not sure or if it’s been so long that you can’t remember, then it’s probably been too long! For optimal oral health, we recommend paying a visit to our office near Arlington, VA for a dental checkup every six months.

Doing so gives us the opportunity to keep a close watch on the condition of your mouth, teeth, and gums so we can spot problems early on. That’s a good thing because small problems tend to be easier, cheaper and less painful to fix than big ones are, and any time you can avoid pain and expense is a very good thing!

Coming into our office near Arlington, VA for regular dental checkups has another advantage besides; while we’ve got you in the treatment chair, it’s a perfect opportunity to give your teeth a good cleaning, which is something else we recommend having done at six months intervals. Why not get both done at the same time?

While you will see a nominal amount of whitening when you have your teeth cleaned, that’s not the main benefit. Far and away, the main reason you want to have it done at regular intervals is plaque removal.

No matter how you slice it, plaque is bad news. Getting rid of it helps you in three distinct ways, all critical to your oral health.

First, as most people know, plaque causes tooth decay. While having the plaque scraped off of your teeth every six months won’t reduce your chances of getting a cavity, it will certainly minimize your risk. No cavities, no need for fillings or root canals, which is a big win for you!

Second, fewer people realize it, but a buildup of plaque along your gum line can also lead to gum disease.

Most people believe that tooth decay is the bigger problem when comparing it and gum disease, but that’s not the case. Gum disease takes longer to do its damage, but that damage can be much more severe. Leave it untreated long enough, and your gums will start to recede.

When that happens, the roots of your teeth become exposed. That’s a problem because your roots are much more susceptible to damage since they lack a protective enamel coating. Worse, your gums will keep receding until they can’t properly hold your teeth in your head, and at that point, you could be facing massive tooth loss.

Finally, plaque causes bad breath! This is a relatively small problem compared to the other two, but honestly, who wants to walk around with bad breath, especially when it’s such an easy problem to fix?

So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today and schedule your Arlington, VA dental checkup. Your teeth and gums will thank you!