Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Dental Checkups

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Your Great Neck, NY Area General & Cosmetic Dentistry Provider

As a trusted provider of general and cosmetic dentistry for over 44 years, New York’s Passes Dental Care is your premier choice in dentistry. We go above and beyond to create a friendly, comfortable atmosphere in order to make every dental visit a stress-free experience. We even offer sedation dentistry for those patients who experience dental phobia or anxiety.

Even if you may find it a little scary, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist at least two times a year. Seeing your dentist once every six months provides many great oral health benefits. Continue reading to learn more about why you should never skip out on your dental checkups.

Earlier Cavity Detection

Even if you feel like you take excellent care of your teeth, thoroughly cleaning every surface and getting into all those tight spaces between teeth can prove difficult — and before you realize it, you’ve got a cavity forming. Having a cavity isn’t necessarily the end of the world, however. The earlier a cavity is detected, the more quickly it can be fixed. Typically, when a cavity first forms, there are no obvious symptoms it is forming. But, left unchecked, cavities can grow more severe and begin eating away at your tooth, eventually causing tooth pain and sensitivity.

Seeing your dentist regularly allows them to thoroughly check your teeth for cavities, detecting and repairing them before they can become a potentially more painful problem.

Treating and Preventing Gum Disease

When gum disease initially begins to form, it manifests in a stage call gingivitis. Characterized by inflamed, swollen, red, and bleeding gums, gingivitis is actually very easily treatable. However, left untreated, gingivitis can take on a more severe form known as periodontitis. If allowed to advance to the periodontitis stage, gum disease can begin to cause gum damage to the point of tooth and even bone loss, which may even require surgery to correct.

When seen every six months, your dentist can easily detect and treat gum disease in the gingivitis stage, when treatment is much quicker and far less painful. Even better — regular dental visits combined with a thorough oral hygiene routine at home is an ironclad way to prevent gum disease from occurring altogether!

Enjoy Cleaner Teeth

Even given your best efforts, chances are you will still have some sort of plaque or tartar build-up between teeth or in other hard-to-reach places, such as around permanent retainers affixed to teeth after the completion of orthodontic treatment. These kinds of build-ups should be removed professionally, which can be quickly and easily completed during routine dental checkups. Plus, few things feel more satisfying than the smooth surface of freshly polished teeth! Other services like fluoride treatments can also be completed during regular checkups, to ensure the ultimate clean.

Schedule a Visit with Dr. Harvey Passes at Passes Dental

If you’ve been searching for a general or cosmetic dentistry provider, look no further than Passes Dental Care. Dr. Harvey Passes and his team of dental experts have proudly served the Great Neck, Manhasset, and Roslyn, NY areas for over 42 years. Offering a variety of services such as sedation dentistry, Invisalign treatment, snoring therapy, and more, we can provide comprehensive dental care you’re looking for. Don’t skip out on your next dental visit! Contact us today to schedule a visit with one of the most talented dentists in the greater New York area! We hope to hear from you soon!

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