We have a feeling that many people are looking forward to the end of 2020. It hasn’t exactly been a banner year in human history.
Nevertheless, we do hope you plan to make the best of what’s left of this year. That should include scheduling a professional dental cleaning and exam. Our team at Duffield Dentistry in Royal Oak, MI wants you to start 2021 with a healthy mouth and a reason to smile. Call (248) 721-4502 to make your appointment with us.
Make It Part Of Your Routine
We don’t have to tell you that a lot of things can happen to your teeth in the course of a year, much less in a lifetime. Because of COVID-19, we also realize many people may not have received routine checkups when they originally had an appointment.
That’s just one reason we want to encourage you to schedule a year-end cleaning before the new year arrives.
The other reason is more typical. We want you to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.
You know that preventive care is the best option for maintaining your smile. This starts with a consistent oral care routine at home. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily (for two minutes each time) and flossing once per day.
Your routine also should include regular checkups to the dentist. If you have dental insurance, your policy likely covers all or most of this kind of dental visit. We also have noticed that many dental policies offer benefits for a specified time. Often that is a calendar year. (If you have dental insurance, check your policy for details.)
Preventive care does more than just save your smile. It can save you money, too.
By getting a professional cleaning, our team can remove plaque and tartar from your mouth before you develop tooth decay or gum disease. During your visit, we’ll also be watching for any signs of those problems so you can treat them quickly.
Now, you may not want a filling or non-surgical gum disease treatment, but consider the alternative. If your cavity or periodontal infection gets worse, you may be dealing with a tooth infection or a lost tooth.
We don’t need to explain that a root canal procedure, while effective, costs more than a cleaning. Replacing a missing tooth is more expensive than a cavity, too.
If you are hesitant to make an appointment, due to dental anxiety, we can help with that, too. Many patients take advantage of our sedation dentistry during their visits. Laughing gas, or inhaled sedation, is a quick and easy way to calm your nerves and prevent you from feeling pain during your time with us. If you have strong anxiety, we also offer oral sedation. You should have someone else drive you to and from your appointment with this option, but it will allow you to get the routine care you need.