Reacting to unexpected occurrences is a major part of life, but it sure can be a lot more stressful than planning ahead and seeing the proverbial storm brewing on the horizon. Oral health is similar in that way. You need to put in a little more effort on the front end by brushing and flossing daily, as well as seeing your dentist every six months, but in the big picture that is so much easier than waiting until you have dental problems and then dealing with the fallout – hopefully not tooth fallout.
Preventive dentistry provides early detection of oral health problems, as well as other benefits. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist in East Longmeadow.
Get the Social Life You Always Wanted or Used to Enjoy
Oral health issues like bad breath, discolored teeth, or a crooked smile can cause low self-esteem that leads to depression. Sometimes, all it takes is a dental visit to turn the ship around and get the issue that’s weighing on you corrected.
Ask Any Questions or Seek Advice from Your Dentist
Do you ever order food at a restaurant and sort of know what you want but not exactly, so you just end up picking something randomly? Some people essentially do that when buying oral hygiene products, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The packaging on all products is going to tell you they’ll work great. Instead, talk to your dentist about what you are interested in purchasing and see what informed suggestions they have.
Spend a Little Money and Save a lot of Money
Many people avoid going to the dentist because they want to save money. However, if you develop a serious condition that could’ve otherwise been prevented, you’re going to spend more money in the big picture than for the years you skipped the checkups. A handful of preventive appointments cost less than the extraction and replacement of several teeth. Not to mention much less pain and frustration with the way things turned out.
Dental Exams Can Provide Early Detection of Serious Diseases
This is definitely a case of burying the lede, as this benefit of preventive exams is literally a lifesaver. People often make the mistake of thinking that daily brushing and flossing alone will keep their teeth in good standing. As important as these actions are, your teeth require a dentist to periodically perform a thorough checkup and diagnose any developing problems. Poor oral health can lead to serious infections like gum disease that have been linked to strokes, heart attacks, and oral cancer. You don’t want to be a statistic among those who sought help when it was too late.
From feeling better about yourself to feeling better for the rest of your life, a little time spent at dental checkups and cleanings goes a long way. If you don’t know when your next one should be scheduled for, there’s no time like the present to make an appointment and ensure that you’re doing great!
About the Practice
At Drs. Scannell & Hollinger, Inc., you can put your trust in a dental practice that has a reputation for offering four generations of families in East Longmeadow and surrounding areas the care they deserve. You can expect luxurious patient amenities, state-of-the-art technology, and a caring staff to greet you at each appointment. Dental cleanings are crucial to oral health, but the exam portion of your visit is also essential so that we can make sure you are doing well and step in to help fix problems if they arise. To schedule a preventive exam and cleaning, visit our website or call (413) 525-6821.