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How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

When was the last time you saw the dentist? Checkups and treatments by Independence, MO, dentist Dr. Richard Mark are essential in dental visitshelping you and your family maintain healthy smiles.

Visiting twice a year can improve your oral health

Scheduling appointments every six months offers many benefits, including:

  • Diagnosis of Cavities and Dental Problems: You may have a cavity and not even know it. In fact, cavities usually don't cause pain until they're fairly large. By then, significant damage to your teeth can occur. When you schedule appointments every six months, cavities will be diagnosed and treated before they grow too large or the decay spreads to nearby teeth. Oral issues can also be a sign of other health problems.
  • Reduction of Plaque and Tartar: Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a transparent, sticky film that causes cavities and eventually becomes a hard deposit called tartar if it's not removed from your teeth. Tartar is a factor in gum disease and can't be removed simply by brushing. If plaque and tartar aren't removed, this can allow bacteria to attack the gums around the teeth, causing inflammation. Symptoms of gum disease don't always present until some damage has already been done, so it's important that you maintain regular visits to your dentist. There is growing research about the link between chronic inflammation due to periodontal disease and systemic health. The plaque buildup can start a huge inflammation reaction which can spill into one's whole body, compromising peoples general health.
  • A Brighter Smile: Your smile will look a little brighter after plaque and tartar are removed and your teeth are polished.

If you have a possible problem, don't wait until your checkup to share your concerns. Call the dentist's office to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Pain: Pain in teeth should never be ignored. Although a cavity may be responsible for your toothache, pain may also be caused by an abscess, a bacterial infection that requires emergency treatment. Pain may also occur if you grind your teeth or have a sinus infection.
  • Swollen or bleeding gums: Gum changes can occur if you have gum disease but may also accompany an abscess.
  • Tooth Trauma: Call the dentist immediately if your tooth was knocked out or became loose due to a blow to your face.

Regular dental care is the key to both good oral and general health. Call Independence, MO, dentist Dr. Richard Mark at (816) 461-3660 to schedule your next appointment.

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