Regular checkups are just as important for your teeth as they are for your body. Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group offer checkups in addition to a variety of other dental services and treatments in their Lubbock, TX, office.
Why delaying checkups is a bad idea
Finding time to fit a dental checkup into your busy schedule may not be easy. Unfortunately, if you decide to wait a while to make your next appointment, a year may pass before you realize it. In that time, a small cavity can grow quite large and other dental problems can become severe. Visiting every six months allows your dentist to detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues before they can cause significant damage to your teeth or gums.
Fillings restore teeth damaged by cavities, but the filling process also weakens your teeth slightly. If your cavity is very large, a substantial amount of your tooth structure will need to be removed, and you may also need a crown to protect your tooth. When you schedule visits every six months, cavities can be detected and treated when they're still fairly small.
Cleanings make your smile sparkle and offer important oral health benefits
Cleanings not only improve the appearance of your smile but also get rid of plaque and tartar, the substances responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Although you get rid of plaque every day when you brush and floss, the sticky film can be difficult to remove from hard-to-reach places. Fortunately, Lubbock dental hygienists have no trouble finding and removing hidden plaque.
Tartar, a hard deposit that forms when plaque remains on your teeth for a week or longer, is very irritating to your gums. Unlike plaque, tartar can't be removed simply by brushing and flossing. The longer it remains on your teeth, the greater the chance that you'll develop gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Cleanings remove tartar and help you avoid gum disease.
Is it time for your next dental checkup? Call Dr. Hill and Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, at (806) 793-0651 to schedule your visit.