Have you been putting off a visit to the dentist?
Here are some common reasons people give for not going to the dentist…
- I think my teeth are fine. Why should I go to the dentist if I don’t have any problems with my teeth?
- I’m scared of the dentist. My last dentist hurt, and what if they say I have a cavity? I don’t want a drill in my mouth!
- I just went to the dentist last year. I should be fine for another five years or so.
- I don’t think I can afford a trip to the dentist. I don’t have dental insurance, and it’s not in my budget.
Do you fall under one of those categories? Or is there something else holding you back from making a trip to the dentist? How do you know if it’s time to schedule a dental exam and cleaning?
Here at WeSmile, we get it. Going to the dentist’s office isn’t exactly on everyone’s top priority list.
Still, taking the time for regular dental exams and teeth cleanings may save you time, pain, and money in the long run, and here’s why.
Why Get a Dental Exam and Cleaning
Put simply, “Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care,” explains Mayo Clinic.
Oral health can actually be a reflection of your overall health. Even if your mouth feels fine, a preventative check-up can detect potential health problems in the early stages while keeping your teeth and gums in mint condition.
“Signs and symptoms of some systemic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and diabetes, might show up in the mouth first. If your hygienist or dentist finds indications of disease, he or she will suggest that you see your doctor,” adds Mayo Clinic.
If you have noticed anything abnormal happening with your teeth, or you haven’t seen a dentist in over year, it’s time to schedule an appointment!
Still, many patients hesitate to go to the dentist because they’ve had a bad or painful experience. What can be done?
A Hatboro Dentist That Doesn’t Hurt
Here at WeSmile Dental & Implants in Hatboro, PA, our team is comprised entirely of capable, caring, and compassionate staff.
With our personal touch, you can leave your nerves at home. We do everything in our power to make your visit to the dentist as painless as possible.
Don’t forget to watch our videos from patients discussing the care they receive, our dentists explaining the passion they have for their work, and our hygienists discussing the top level of patient care they provide.
What if you already had a dental exam last year? Do you still need one?
How Often to Get a Dental Check-Up
Each patient is unique. Many factors affecting your overall health determine how often you need a dental check-up.
“To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist,” reports the ADA.
They add, “High-risk patients would likely benefit from more frequent dental visits, while low-risk patients may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year.”
WeSmile wholeheartedly agrees with the ADA’s recommendation for dentists to personally assess the needs of each patient and create a customized dental care plan.
At the very least, each patient should receive an annual dental exam. During your exam, ask for your dentist’s personal recommendations on the frequency of your exams after assessing your oral health, and then stick to it.
If your dentist recommends more frequent trips to the office, it may not be as costly as you imagine.
A Dentist Accepting Patients Without Insurance
WeSmile knows that many folks simply cannot afford dental insurance in today’s tough economy. Dental care is something that’s easy to put on the back-burner when money is tight.
Still, with oral health being so key to overall health, we don’t want to see our neighbors have to cut out something so important!
That’s why WeSmile offers top-notch dental care at reduced prices to patients who do not have insurance. We have our own in-house dental discount program that will help you and your family get the care you need without putting you in a financial bind.
If you’re wondering if it’s time for your dental exam or cleaning, the answer is likely yes! Book an appointment today at the WeSmile dentist office in Hatboro, PA. We look forward to seeing you!