In this fast-paced world we live in, it’s easy to get behind on some things. Today’s busy working parents will probably make time for their childrens’ dental appointments but may have difficulty finding the time for their own routine dental appointments. Most of us have heard that you should see the dentist twice a year for an exam, but still wonder why it’s necessary if you have good oral hygiene. You may think, “I’m really busy. I brush and floss. I don’t have time for the dentist. I’ll just take the kids to their appointments.” However, while brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day are crucial steps to maintaining your oral health, seeing your dentist provides more benefits to your health than your at-home routine provides.
Dr. Elizabeth Duling is an Owen’s Cross Roads, AL dentist that provides comprehensive dentistry for busy families offering shared appointments for parents and children.
Why is Seeing the Dentist So Important?
For children, seeing the dentist is important to make sure their teeth are healthy and growing properly. Dental appointments reinforce the importance of dental hygiene to kids and remind them to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Many adults can benefit from this reminder too but many adults only go when they are having pain or a problem with their teeth. Many believe if they maintain good oral hygiene, there is no need to see their dentist twice a year. However, your dentist can spot potential problems that the average person wouldn’t be able to pick up, especially with X-rays, and a professional cleaning will remove any hardened plaque, or tartar, from the teeth that cannot be removed by brushing alone.
Why Else Would Someone Need a Dentist?
Teeth can become worn or damaged just from regular use over time. You may want to consult a dentist for cosmetic dentistry questions such as implants, porcelain veneers, or invisible braces. Dr. Duling consults with patients individually to determine the best cosmetic treatments for patients’ goals and needs. Some cosmetic procedures can actually preserve your oral health, so talking to a dentist can help keep your mouth healthy.
The Benefits of Shared Family Dental Appointments
Children learn from observing their parents. Scheduling and keeping routine dental appointments with your child from an early age helps children to be comfortable with dental care. Parents that prioritize dental care for themselves as well as for their children help ensure that their children grow into adults with good oral health habits that they are likely to retain.
Comprehensive Dental Care in Owen’s Cross Roads, AL
Dr. Duling provides complete, affordable, and compassionate dental care to families and individuals. Let us help you simplify your busy schedule with our shared parent and child appointments. Call 256.202.4186 or request an appointment online today!