Your teeth are more than just tools for chomping through that juicy cut of steak or perfecting your pronunciation; after all, you can’t say “teeth” without teeth (we dare you to try it!)
Yes, your pearly whites are important for all those things, but they are also a huge part of your personality. With proper and timely care, your teeth can stay healthy, helping you feel healthier, happier, and more confident.
Keeping up with day-to-day care like brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist is a must, but sometimes despite the best of efforts, your teeth may decay or get gum diseases – and treating these symptoms can become costly. That’s why the right decision at the right time is important when it comes to spending less on your dental care.
Prioritize Preventive Care
Have you ever heard the phrase “prevention is better than cure?” The care that can stop the initiation of disease is preventive care, and the same applies to your dental health. The good news is many dental illnesses can be prevented by simple measures.
Many dental diseases and issues usually take time to develop or get to the point where they can cause permanent damage. Scheduling routine professional cleanings and exams is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and stay on top of any developing issues. If a problem starts to arise, it can be detected quickly and handled early on, usually with a simpler treatment, which will save you from footing a bigger bill for treatment of a much bigger problem.
At Creekside, we like to see our patients twice per year. And yes, these checkups are necessary even if you have no active issues. A common phrase among our team is “asymptomatic does not mean healthy.” In other words, just because a tooth doesn’t hurt doesn’t mean it is healthy or there is no problem. (Do you have your next check-up scheduled? If not, give us a call or reach us via our contact page and we’ll get you on the calendar!)
Don’t Wait When Something Hurts
Your permanent (adult) teeth are meant to last you a lifetime if properly cared for. As we mentioned, regular care and bi-annual visits are your best bet to maintaining healthy teeth. But what happens when something doesn’t feel right between checkups?
For many dental diseases, the initial symptoms may be redness, swelling of gums, and bleeding; and these can sometimes be overlooked, especially in the early stages. However, if you experience any mouth pain, make sure to pay close attention to these symptoms as they may be indicative of a bigger issue, underlying disease, or the beginning of a larger dental problem. Any time you experience even minor symptoms, we recommend giving our office a call. Our team can help advise you on what to do next, whether that means taking some time to care for the issue at home or visiting one of our dentists to have it evaluated.
Coming in to have an evaluation or treatment at the first sign of a problem can save you a lot of time, money, and unnecessary pain. After all, a tooth that needs a root canal or crown today at one point could have been repaired with a simple filling. Don’t ignore the little signs – they could be red flags for a bigger issue.
At Creekside, we want to help our patients avoid paying for more expensive treatments, like fillings and extractions. If you feel a toothache, sensitivity, and redness, give us a call as soon as possible. The earlier you come to see us, the better your chances of correcting or even reversing tooth and gum diseases and preventing these larger and more costly procedures.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, don’t make the mistake of skipping out on dental care. Remember, routine dental cleanings and exams will save you thousands in treatment fees in the long run.
To schedule your next appointment, give us a call at 509-737-0327 or fill out our contact form.