Why See a Dentist
BECAUSE A HEALTHY SMILE LASTS A LIFETIME!
Your teeth are an important part of your body and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting the dentist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I VISIT THE DENTIST?
At your checkup, you will receive a thorough cleaning and an oral exam by the dentist. During the oral exam, the dentist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the dentist also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I VISIT THE DENTIST?
The American Dental Association recommends you visit the dentist a minimum of every 6 months.
What if I don’t have any symptoms—Should I still go to the dentist?
Yes. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a Dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits help prevent problems from developing. Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because your dentist can:
Check for problems that you might not see or feel
Find early signs of decay
Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
BUT, MY TEETH FEEL FINE!
OK, but how do they look? A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry's many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Along with regular oral care and checkups, today's dentists offer many choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
Professional teeth whitening
Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A DENTIST?
This is a great question. Dr. Buttaro has provided a detailed outline to help with your decision.