It’s been several years since you had visited the dentist, and despite your slight nervousness, you’re confident that you’ve been able to maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing regularly. You’ve noticed bleeding and swelled gums during your dental routine, but nothing major, right? Unfortunately, that’s inaccurate. Since your last dental visit, you have developed periodontitis—or advanced gum disease—leaving your smile vulnerable to tooth loss! By visiting your dentist in North Dallas, Dr. John A. Grinaldi, you may have been able to prevent your infected gums and now extensive therapeutic treatments. Our office highlights the proven facts that preventive care is the foundation for good dental health. We want to make sure that patients understand the importance of visiting your dentist for routine dental checkups.
How often should I be visiting Dr. Grinaldi?
For decades, health professionals didn’t have an official timeline on how often you should see your dentist. Dental care was only completed as you needed it (usually in emergency situations) rather than preventing it. Overtime, prevention became prevalent. More and more health professionals recommended checking in with your dentist twice a year to avoid larger dental problems. Since then, visiting your dentist every 6 months has become a rule of thumb. Of course, you may need to visit the dentist more depending on your personal hygiene and habits–especially if you’re at higher risk for gum disease or oral cancer.
What happens during a routine dental visit?
Our dental team works one on one with patients to develop customized dental plans that will help patients reach their goals within their budgets. But, no complete dental plan is complete without semiannual professional cleanings and checkups with your family dentist in North Dallas. This is the recommended standard of care that was set by the American Dental Association. Even from the growth of your child’s first tooth, patients should start visiting our dental practice two times a year. When you visit the office of John Grinaldi, you can expect:
A Thorough Examination
Our dentists examine every detail about each patient’s mouth looking for signs of oral health issues. We spot health issues like decay, gum disease, TMJ dysfunction, teeth grinding, and oral cancer in its early stages and start the best treatment to get your oral health back on track.
A Professional Cleaning
Our hygienists and dentists will systematically remove plaque and bacteria from hard to reach spots in your mouth. Even with an excellent oral health routine at home, it is important to have your dentist professionally clean the areas that you may have accidentally missed.
A Custom Treatment Plan
Our dentists will take the time to discuss the results of their dental checkup with them. We can answer any questions you may have and develop a plan for further treatment if needed.
How else can I benefit from visiting Dr. Grinaldi?
Advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year! If noticed and treated early, these diseases can be controlled or eliminated altogether. Oral cancer has an 80-90% recovery rate when treated in its early stages! A lot of the time, your dentist can spot general health issues—even as serious as heart disease or diabetes—just by the shape of your teeth and gums. Be proactive. Practice good preventive care by scheduling a checkup with our North Dallas office today.