You may not realize it, but you are putting your oral health at risk every time you skip that biannual dental appointment. And, it only takes a slight slip-up in your oral hygiene for gum disease and tooth decay to start wreaking havoc on your oral health. Has it been a while since you last had a dental checkup? Well, the good news is it’s never too late to salvage your smile. If you are in Bedford, Texas, and the surrounding area, please schedule an appointment with Maegan Elam, DDS & Associates.
Why you shouldn’t skip dental checkups
Here are a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on scheduling these crucial appointments.
- Thorough cleaning: Yes, you brush and floss daily, but at-home oral care isn’t exhaustive enough to eliminate all plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth. During your checkup, we thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas in your mouth and remove tartar buildup, which is a tough nut to crack for at-home oral care.
- In-depth examination: Dental checkups aren’t all about cleanings — we also carry out a comprehensive examination of your mouth. The objective? We want to look out for signs of gum disease and tooth decay to devise corrective treatment plans. We also examine your bite to see if you are at risk of TMJ-related problems.
- Oral cancer screening: Dr. Maegan Elam doesn’t stop at examining your teeth and gums only. She goes a step further to have an in-depth look at your tongue, throat, neck, and other mouth tissues. The aim is to look out for lesions, lumps, sores, and other abnormalities that may signal the presence of mouth cancer.
- Professional advice: Honoring that dental appointment provides you with the opportunity to ask your dentist questions regarding your oral health. Not sure how to floss your teeth? Or perhaps you aren’t convinced with some oral tips you have seen on your social media feed? The dental checkup is an opportune time to eliminate those doubts.
Are you ready to enjoy the lifelong benefits of a healthy smile? Please dial (817) 241-3535 to book an appointment with Maegan Elam, DDS & Associates. Our dental team is dedicated to providing you with the best dental care you deserve.
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