It is a common assumption that you only need to visit the dentist when you’ve got a problem. But nothing could be farther from the truth. According to recent reports, nearly half of adults in the U.S. do not visit the dentist for preventative dentistry, such as regular exams, x-rays, and cleanings.
Gum Disease is Rampant in Adults in America
The fact that almost half of American adults lack preventive oral healthcare is a disturbing statistic considering that nearly the same percentage of adults have some level of gum disease and nearly three-quarters of adults are estimated to have at least one cavity.
While the individuals skipping their regular check-ups may feel like they are saving time and money in the short-term, they may actually end up spending more money on expensive interventions down the road.
The Answer to Fighting Gum Disease
Keeping your dental exams and periodic cleanings is not just about saving money. Maintaining good oral health is an important part of keeping your whole body healthy. While daily brushing and flossing is essential for a health mouth, regular check-ups and cleanings are also very important. For most adults, it is recommended they get a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. However, depending on your individual needs and personal dental history, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.
By regularly monitoring your oral health and keeping up on necessary preventative care, dental disease and decay is less likely to occur. If a problem is found during your regular check-up, it is often easier to fix because it was spotted quickly. As a result, the need for expensive intervention and treatment is virtually eliminated, and any threat to your overall health has been removed. When it comes to keeping your dental exams and periodic cleanings, remember the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
If you have put-off scheduling your next dental checkup and cleaning, we would love to help get you back on track. We have appointments available to fit into even the busiest schedules. Make 2019 the year you made a change for the better. Contact Pacific Dental Care today to schedule your appointment.