Benefits of Scheduling a Dental Checkup Early

January 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 4:49 pm

Toothbrush and dentist appointment on calendar A new year is here! As you focus on your goals for 2024, don’t forget to schedule a dental cleaning and checkup. Although brushing and flossing are effective at keeping your mouth clean and healthy, the American Dental Association also recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Here are 5 benefits of scheduling a preventive dental appointment early in the year.

1. The Holidays Can Harm Dental Health

The holidays can be a bad time for your dental health. Sweet treats and snacking more often can increase your risk of tooth decay. The busyness of the season might cause your oral hygiene habits to slip. You don’t want to start the new year with cavities or gum disease. A dental checkup will ensure the holidays don’t come back to haunt your smile. 

2. Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

Your toothbrush and floss can’t reach everywhere in your mouth. Your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They’ll discuss your oral hygiene routine and make suggestions for improvement to keep your mouth clean and healthy between your regular appointments.

3. Benefit from Early Detection

Preventable dental problems don’t happen overnight. Your dentist can spot the early signs of enamel loss, gum inflammation, and other issues while they are still small. They can provide the treatment you need to rehabilitate your dental health to prevent a minor concern from turning into a big problem.

4. Avoid Dental Emergencies

Not all dental emergencies result from accidents or trauma. Many are caused by untreated issues, like cavities. You can lessen your risk of a dental emergency by visiting your dentist twice a year. Research has shown that every $1 of preventive dentistry can save up to $50 on restorative and emergency fees. You’ll safeguard your smile and reduce your overall oral health expenses.

5. Maximize Your Dental Insurance

Your dental benefits have reset, which means you have access to affordable dentistry. Dental insurance covers 100% of the costs for preventive services, like cleanings and checkups. If your dentist finds anything concerning, your insurance can pay 50% to 80% of the expenses after meeting your annual deductible. 

While you work on your New Year’s resolutions, make time to visit your dentist. You’ll look and feel your best by giving your mouth the attention it needs.

About Dr. Brent Whittaker

Dr. Whittaker earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in many specialties, like tooth extraction, oral sedation, and root canals. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (740) 200-8891 to schedule a cleaning and checkup.

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