Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top 5 reasons 6 month visits are vital

Nearly one third of Americans did not visit the dentist at all last year.

Not only is this unfortunate, but it can be dangerous to your overall health.

Here are the top 5 reasons, you should keep up with your continued care appointments.

  1. Although you may brush twice a day and floss regularly (we hope), your hygienist is able to remove tarter your toothbrush just can't get. They are also able to remove plaque that you may not be able to see, for instance on the back side of your front teeth or around a permanent orthodontic retainer. If this tarter and plaque isn't removed, decay occurs.
  2. Do you ever wonder why the Doctor says "stick out your tongue" and grabs it with a cotton swab? It's not just to annoy you. It's because he or she is performing an oral cancer screening. The Dentist is looking for any white spots or abnormalities of the mouth to make sure your mouth is in tip-top shape. This is especially important if you're a smoker or a chew less tobacco user.
  3. You should never wait until you're in pain to visit your dentist. If that's the case, the problem most likely just got worse over time. The more often you go in, the better your hygienist and Doctor can look for any cavities and help you prevent those cavities from turning into crowns or root canals.
  4. It's never going to cost less than it does today. Going back to #3, if you wait until you're in pain, most likely the tooth has only gotten worse, meaning more of a toll on your wallet. Have your teeth cleaned and checked at least twice a year and in the end you'll save yourself some moola! It's less expensive to pay for a filling than an entire crown.
  5. The dental world is constantly changing. New technology is out to help ease any dental treatment in the office as well as making at home care easier. The best way to find out about these updates is finding out from the expert him or herself. For example, back in the beginning of 2013 Dr. Steckbauer decided in order to have a state of the art facility our office needed the most up-to-date technology. He purchased a Conebeam. This x-ray machine allows Glacier Dental's clinical staff to take a 3D image of the patients mouth, allowing him to see the roots of each tooth as well as the bone structure. This is very beneficial when it comes to precise treatment planning. The 3D image is also extremely helpful in any oral surgery he performs, meaning a better and easier appointment for the patient. It also helps eliminate unnecessary follow up visits.

We know the biggest reason patients do not go to the Dentist regularly is because of fear and/or pain. Dr. Steckbauer is extremely gentle and you have nothing to worry about. At Glacier Dental we take time to listen to your concerns and try our best to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible. If you don't believe us, just look at our Google reviews!

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