The standard protocol for seeing the dentist is to visit every six months (or as recommended) for a dental cleaning and exam. On average, each appointment is about an hour. Two hours out of an entire year is a small commitment to help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. However, unless experiencing a dental problem, many patients will put off that twice yearly appointment because:
1. I’m Too Busy
Work, school, taking care of family … the demands in life can feel overwhelming at times. Putting off what you perceive as inconsequential can lead to problems that may have been avoided if you found the time to keep twice yearly dental visits.
2. I’m Afraid of the Dentist
Fear and apprehension affect many people; for some the anxiety of a dental visit is so severe they just can’t make themselves keep an appointment for even a cleaning. However, there are aids your dentist can offer to help with that fear and anxiety. Nitrous oxide can give you a feeling of mild euphoria that takes the edge off your nervousness. More severe cases may be treated with oral sedation.
3. I Brush and Floss Every Day
Some people believe that a great daily oral hygiene regimen is sufficient. However, plaque that is allowed to form and grow on teeth leads to the potential for dental decay or the onset of gum disease. Plaque forms when bacteria already present on teeth attract more germs from the food and beverages we consume. Once plaque hardens on teeth, only your dentist can remove it.
Missed dental appointments can result in problems that consume more time and money than keeping regularly scheduled dental visits.
Patients suffering from anxiety or that may be faced with the inability to sit or recline for extended periods may benefit from oral sedation. Oral sedation involves taking a mild sedative at home about an hour before your appointment. Transportation to and from your dental visit is required. Your dentist will administer additional sedation, if needed, upon arrival for your appointment. The patient is monitored for their safety and comfort; once treatment is completed the patient is advised to return home to rest for the remainder of the day.
Maintaining great oral health supports overall health; brush and floss daily, don’t smoke, and visit the office of Dr. Lori Logan for teeth cleaning and exam as recommended.