A Friendly Reminder

A Friendly Reminder | Ken Barney DDS | Hedgesville, WVYou may be accustomed to receiving friendly reminders from your dentist. “It’s time for your dental cleaning!” These little notes that are sent out are necessary in these busy times. Most people are so busy that time continues to move faster and faster. The timing of dental care can easily get thrown off by several months. Now that we are at the end of the summer season, we are looking ahead and seeing that the bustle of the holidays will be here before we know it. So, there is no time like the present to be present with your dentist!

The Power of Routine

The reason that dentists remind their patients to come in for their checkups and cleanings is that they know the power of this routine. The American Dental Association advises six-month intervals for dental care because this timing has been proven powerful when prevention is the goal. But routine dental care isn’t just about removing plaque and tartar and finding cavities. There is much more that can be gained with this measure of management:

  • Oral cancer detection. Oral cancer has historically been problematic due to a lack of early detection. Dentists now know how to identify abnormal behavior in oral tissues that may indicate the presence of cancer cells.
  • Hidden problems may be uncovered. Routine dental checkups include necessary x-rays. We may not perform full x-rays at every visit, but usually no less than once a year. The value of X-ray imaging is that it provides us with important periodontal information. If present, we will be able to see problems like bone loss or infection beneath the gums, which then leads to the appropriate care to reduce further risks.
  • Dangerous habits may be found. More people are learning that the habits they keep may cost them their teeth in the long run. Grinding and clenching, called bruxism, weakens the security of gum tissue around teeth and may also damage enamel and restorations. Tobacco use significantly increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. With the right information and support, patients can understand their risks and create positive change to preserve their health.

Schedule a Consultation

Is it time to see your dentist in Hedgesville? Call (304) 754-8803 for friendly service.

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