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The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

Busy families juggle school, work, sports practice, social time, and other obligations. All of us get bogged down and have found a way to fill every waking hour. Regular dental appointments do not always easily slide into these schedules—and sometimes are delayed and even missed. However, Smiles in Salt Lake City is here to show why regular check-ups, (preventative care) will actually help you keep your commitments in the long run, and improve your oral health.

Regular, diligent, brushing and flossing is extremely important. It does not, however, always get all plaque that builds up on teeth. Hardened tartar is impossible to remove without special dental instruments—and if left on teeth, it will result in a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Tooth decay leads to cavities, which can result in extra time at the dentist office later—dealing with fillings, extractions, crowns, root canals, bridges, and more.

Regular dental checkups also serve another purpose. Gum disease can develop without symptoms, and left unchecked by a professional, gum disease can worsen to the point that teeth begin to loosen before you notice – at which point it is often too late to treat effectively.

Tooth loss and the treatment of severe and preventable tooth decay and gum disease could cost you precious family and work time in the future. Take care of your smile today—and you will be smiling tomorrow. Has it been a while since you have been in to see the dentist? Do not worry, Smiles can help. Give us a call to make an appointment today. We’re conveniently located on Murray-Holladay Road in Salt Lake City!