Whether you own a Toyota or a Lamborghini, it is recommended that you take your vehicle in for preventative maintenance checkups every 15,000 miles or annually. Following a preventative maintenance schedule for your vehicle allows the mechanics to replace minor parts such as wiper blades, tires, or rubber gaskets. More importantly, the checkup allows the mechanic to identify and prevent major problems before they occur.
Like preventative maintenance for your vehicle, your teeth and gums also require preventative maintenance. Taking good care of your oral health should keep your teeth and gums strong as you age.
What does the preventative dental maintenance plan look like?
- Regular Dental Hygiene. Brushing and flossing teeth at least twice a day is one of the most important steps in maintaining excellent oral health.
- Semi-Annual Dental Visits. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental visits at least every six months. During a regular dental visit, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, neck, throat, and tongue for oral conditions, cavities as well as plaque and tartar. X-rays may be needed to provide a clearer picture of your teeth. Your dental hygienist will professionally clean and polish your teeth and remove tartar buildup and plaque.
Your dental maintenance plan will provide the following:
- Plaque and tartar removal that will allow you to maintain healthy teeth and gums
- Early detection combined with treatment for optimal oral health
- Lower dental costs, especially compared to restorative dental treatment
- Attractive smile, healthy teeth, and better breath (reducing bacteria helps eliminate halitosis)
So, what would happen if I don’t follow the preventative dental maintenance plan?
Lack of Regular Dental Hygiene. Failure to brush and floss regularly will make your teeth and gums vulnerable to bacteria and the buildup of plaque that can lead to cavities, tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
Infrequent Dental Visits. Failure to have a professional dental cleaning means that a professional won’t be able to repair a small oral health problem before it becomes a major problem. You can’t see or feel a tiny cavity. But a tiny cavity can become a large cavity, and a large cavity can create significant tooth decay and gum disease.
Without the knowledge, expertise and specialized instruments and technology from your dental professionals, your cavity can lead to halitosis, tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal disease, and jawbone damage. In addition, poor oral hygiene has been linked to serious general health problems including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
When was your last dental preventative maintenance checkup?
If it’s been more than six months, contact us today at 305-442-7444 to set up a dental visit.
Dr. Claudio Miro and associates have been treating patients in the greater Miami area for over 30 years. As a team, we believe that the patient is of upmost importance at every level. We take pride in the care we provide to our patients at Miro Dental Centers. We take the time to make sure our patients are fully informed and are given all treatment options. Our goal is to the provide our patients with optimal oral health by using state of the art technology.
With the dental field rapidly advancing, we are always looking for new and innovative treatments to serve our patients. We provide all types of services, including dental cleanings, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and cosmetic dentistry.
If you have questions about your dental health or would like to schedule an appointment at our offices in Coral Gables, Kendall, Hialeah, or Hollywood, please contact us today at 305-442-7444.