It’s coming up on just six months since your last dental exam and you’re wondering if you really need to visit your Rockland County dentist so soon. The answer is yes! The best way to avoid serious dental problems down the line is to take preventive dentistry seriously.

There can be severe consequences to skipping your dental exam, which is why we encourage our patients at B & D Dental Excellence to always schedule their next dental exam while they’re in the office for one. This way, they always have their next dental exam scheduled. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

Smiling Mature Woman holding a jump rope. While she's great at skipping she knows the importance of not skipping dental exams with Dr. Mark Dunayer, Rockland County Dentist.

Missing a Dental Exam Can Make Mild Problems Worse

If you have the start of tooth decay, gum disease, damage, or a cavity in your mouth, the longer you go without treatment, the more severe the problem will become. When you visit your Rockland County dentist every six months, he is able to catch problems while they are still mild. 

The longer break you take in-between appointments, the more likely your problems will progress. Treating a mild cavity is much easier than a large one. Before cavities start, they develop slowly, but once you have a cavity, the process of decay can accelerate. Save yourself from severe dental problems and never skip your dental exam.

Dental Exams Prevent Serious Problems

Dental exams don’t just catch small problems, they prevent serious problems from occurring in your mouth. This is because our Rockland County dentist provides you with preventive dentistry treatments during your dental exam.

First, we will take x-rays of your teeth to get an inside look of what’s going on inside your mouth. This tells us if there are any current problems or potential future we need to take care of.

After x-rays, Dr. Dunayer will examine your mouth to look for signs of tooth decay, plaque, tartar, gum disease, and other problems. From there, he will recommend any necessary treatments you need to treat or prevent future problems.

Lastly, we will give you a dental cleaning. This is where we remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth that could result in tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease down the line. This will also keep your breath smelling great.

Dental Exams Save You Money

Not only do dental exams keep your teeth healthy, but they also keep your wallet happy. If you have dental insurance, you know that your insurance covers preventive dentistry, but it won’t necessarily cover a root canal or a more extensive procedure. Certainly, it won’t cover the full cost, and your share of the price could be significant.

Not only that, but it can save you on other medical costs. Studies show that people with gum disease experience higher costs for other health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, even pregnancy. The difference can be thousands of dollars a year. So maintaining your oral health can lead to a healthy pocketbook, too!

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam with Your Rockland County Dentist

If you’re ready to take your dental health seriously to prevent future problems and to save your wallet money, make sure you don’t skip your next dental exam. Give our West Nyack dental office a call at (845) 627-7645 to schedule an appointment if you are due for a dental exam.