In this tough economy, I can’t afford my regular dental check up. Do I need it?

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In tough economic times, dental health remains important. A small problem today, if left untreated, could become a much more serious and expensive problem later.

At a regular dental check up, your dentist will look for signs of tooth decay and will also check for oral cancer and gum disease. Recent research suggests that people who suffer from severe gum disease are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. A professional dental cleaning ensures a thorough removal of plaque and tartar buildup that regular brushing and flossing can leave behind.

For people with healthy teeth and gums, I recommend dental exams once a year and cleanings with a hygienist twice a year. For those with certain dental problems, such as gum disease, cleanings should be done more often. Talk to your dentist about what is most appropriate for you.

Do NOT postpone your regular checkups. Maintain a healthy smile with regular professional dental exams and cleanings.