The Importance of Seeing Your Dentist
Going to the dentist isn’t something that most people look forward to. It may even cause anxiety for some people. Keep in mind that your dentist is your partner in preventing oral health issues and other health problems, so it’s well worth the visit.
Here are six ways that you’ll benefit from regular visits to your dentist:
- Catch problems before they become painful or expensive.
Many dental conditions are painless at first, but brushing and flossing aren’t enough to prevent all issues. Regular dental visits can prevent or lessen the effects of cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss, and periodontitis. If untreated, these can lead to bigger problems like infections and tooth loss, which can be painful and expensive to treat.
- Build a relationship with your dental care team.
With more-frequent communication, it’s easier to ask questions and get answers. And if you’re nervous, regular checkups can help you feel more relaxed. Your dental care team wants to understand your needs, so let them know if you have any concerns.
- Make informed decisions.
Regular visits to your dentist will give you a clear understanding of your dental health. If you need treatment, your dentist can explain your options, covered services, and costs.
- Leave the dentist feeling better!
Dental issues can interfere with eating, speaking, daily activities, and even your self-esteem. Regular visits can prevent tooth loss, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and feelings of embarrassment. Regular cleanings are the best way to remove tartar, which can lead to bigger problems if not removed.
- Stay on top of your dental—and overall—health.
Regular visits to the dentist go beyond an examination of teeth and gums. Your dentist looks at your head, neck, and jaw, and thoroughly examines your mouth for warning signs of disease elsewhere in your body.
- Take advantage of preventive services.
Your HMSA plan covers twice-yearly exams and cleanings at little to no cost when you see a participating provider. Learn more about your preventive care benefits.
Don’t skip a dental checkup because of cost, time, or anxiety. In the long run, missing visits will likely cost you more. If you haven’t had a checkup in the past six months, make an appointment today.