Do you know the secret to a healthy smile? It involves more than brushing and flossing at home. You must also see your dentist in State College at least twice a year. A semi-annual cleaning and checkup allow us to keep your teeth and gums healthy to preserve your smile. By doing so, you also reduce your long-term dental expenses by preventing the need for a costly or invasive treatment down the road. Donald Marks Family Dentistry will create the foundation you need to ensure your smile lasts for a lifetime.
Although many people find preventive appointments unnecessary, this could not be further from the truth. Your toothbrush and floss are your first line of defense against preventable issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. Even with the best oral hygiene habits and techniques, there are still areas in your mouth that cannot be cleaned at home. If you do not visit your dentist twice a year, these harmful accumulations can destroy your teeth and gums. Without quick intervention, the issues will continue to worsen, resulting in the need for a costly treatment in the future.
Visiting your dentist twice a year allows your smile to stay healthy while reducing your overall dental costs. In fact, every $1 you spend on preventive dentistry can save you $8 to $50 on restorative or emergency services.
Despite your best efforts, there are some areas in your mouth your toothbrush and floss cannot clean, like under the gum line. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove the buildup. Our dental hygienist uses special dental tools to remove the accumulations and polishes your teeth to give you a clean, beautiful smile.
We take the time to discuss your current oral hygiene habits and recommend additional techniques to keep your smile clean in between your appointments.
A routine checkup allows us to monitor your oral health to detect any area of concern while it is still small. Besides a visual examination, we also use digital x-rays to evaluate your oral health below the surface. This gives us better insight into your dental health to monitor issues that may not be visible to the naked eye, like an infection.
We take the time to assess your teeth and gums while evaluating your jaw to look for other concerns, such as a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. We also look for other issues, like oral cancer, bite complications, or signs of grinding your teeth. Based on the results of the examination, we create a treatment plan catering to your individual needs.
Besides brushing and flossing, the American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. We take the time to give you a healthy, clean smile while staying within your budget by working with your dental insurance.
If it is time for your next visit, do not wait. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and checkup.