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You forgot. Life got busy. You were running late and just decided not to go at all. You think your oral care at home is enough. The reasons for skipping your dental checkup and cleaning can go on and on. But your semiannual appointment with us at Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry is an important one to keep. Here are just four reasons why you should make the extra effort to come to see me, your dentist in Hampton, every six months. It will be worth it!
Catch Problems Early
At your dental checkup twice every year, I thoroughly inspect your mouth, cheeks, tongue, teeth, and gums for any signs of abnormalities that could indicate a more serious issue. Potential conditions include gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer—just to name a few. With all of these, it is important to diagnose and treat as early as possible to have the best chances of overcoming the problem. Gum disease, for example, can be reversed with a simple dental cleaning if it is caught early enough. However, later stages of gum disease require more invasive, intensive treatment to address or potentially even lead to tooth loss. Your checkup appointment with us at Smiles By The Sea can stop these conditions from advancing to the point when permanent damage could already be done.
Prevent Future Oral Problems
In addition to finding existing oral issues, your regular dental appointment is an opportunity to prevent future problems from developing. Even with diligent oral hygiene at home, plaque can accumulate over time and harden. Once this happens, you can’t remove it on your own, and harmful bacteria have better access to your teeth and gums. One of our hygienists uses professional tools to remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth that you might have missed, preventing these bacteria from getting the chance to wreak havoc on your oral health. Plus, you can leave our office with your mouth feeling fresh and clean!
Enjoy Better Overall Health
Did you know that conditions in your mouth are connected to your overall well-being? Studies have shown strong links between your oral health and the rest of the body. For example, gum disease has been found to increase your risk for getting heart disease, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s. By attending your six-month dental appointment with us, you can help prevent gum disease and potentially reduce your risk of these other serious medical conditions.
Help More People Smile
At Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry, we are committed to keeping patients’ smiles happy and healthy. When a patient doesn’t show up for their appointment, it deprives not only them but also someone else of the chance to get necessary dental treatment. We understand that situations come up. However, instead of simply not showing up for your dental appointment, please call our office if you’re running late or need to reschedule. Our staff can help you find a better solution or a better time for your appointment if necessary. As your family dentist in Hampton, I want to help as many people as I can to have a reason to smile more confidently.
In the end, with all the benefits of attending these appointments, they should become a priority in your schedule so that you can maintain your oral and overall health for years to come. I and my staff look forward to working with you and being able to help you keep your smile happy and healthy. If you have any questions about dental checkups and cleanings, you can contact our office.
About the Author
Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko graduated from the prestigious Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2009 and has been practicing ever since. She is a long-term member of Spear Education, one of the country’s leading organizations for continuing education. At Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry, she and her staff offer comprehensive dental care ranging from simple preventive dentistry to complex restorative dentistry with dental implants To schedule an appointment with her, you can call (603) 926-8827 or click here.