Going to the dentist twice per year may sometimes feel like a bother. It takes time out of your busy day, and your teeth don’t even hurt. It feels like you just went to the dentist! Wouldn’t once a year be enough? The answer is no – and Dr. Wayne Myles, your Reston dentist wants to explain why preventative care is so important.
DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT HURTS!
Patients often think that everything is fine with their mouths until something chips, breaks, or hurts. Waiting until something hurts you is a terrible idea because it’s often too late at this point.
Many dental issues such as periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay don’t cause any pain until they’re in an advanced stage that will require more complex treatment. By being proactive about your preventative appointments every six-months, Dr. Myles can detect many of these issues early on and offer you much less invasive treatment options.
ORAL HEALTH AFFECTS YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
With many studies showing us the link between oral health and overall health, we now understand that the bacteria and inflammation that causes gum disease also contributes to other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and vice versa. By maintaining optimum oral health, you’re also achieving excellent overall health.
YOUR PREVENTATIVE VISIT
There are some important things that happen during your preventative visit. First, Dr. Myles will screen you for dental issues like gum disease, oral cancer and tooth decay. Believe it or not, he can detect these issues much earlier than you can, as there are often very few symptoms or pain associated with them.
Next, our highly skilled hygienist will remove the excess plaque buildup that causes gum disease and tooth decay. We’ll also show you proper brushing and flossing techniques that you can use at home to make the most of your home care routine. We understand that great home care starts with you, and we’re here to support you with advice and education about your oral health.