Last week I revisited a blog entry about failing restorations. This week, another key issue for patients will be revisited: the importance of check-ups.
The absolute worst thing a person can do to guarantee extreme problems with their teeth and gums is to ignore signs of trouble such as pain or swelling – especially if it goes away after a short time and then does not return.
However, the second worst thing that a person can do is fail to have proper cleanings and check-ups with their dentist. Patients should have two cleanings and exams each year and could have more recommended by their dentist if there is serious periodontal disease at the beginning.
Some people believe they do not have the time it takes to keep appointments and go years without a professional cleaning.
This is a big, big mistake.
It’s a mistake because the patient’s problems will mount until he or she is in such pain or discomfort that they have no choice but to see a dentist.
It’s a terrible thing to do the “I told you so” routine, but patients who neglect their dental care will undoubtedly one day pay a much bigger price than the effort it takes for cleanings and exams.
A good analogy for this is as if a person doesn’t do proper maintenance on his or her vehicle. Hey, just think of it as changing the oil in your car. You can put it off and put it off, but one day a small problem will appear that will soon turn into a big problem … or the big problem will land all at once and then you’ll have to an engine overhaul at the very least.
The final point I’ll make today is that good oral health will help you maintain good financial health. The cost of keeping your mouth healthy is much, much less than extensive oral treatments once problems build and build until it takes more than a filling or two to fix what’s wrong.