Many people of all ages dislike visiting the dentist because of the fear of pain. But in actuality, the best way to avoid pain at the dentist is to come in often. Regular dental checkups generally don't involve needles or drills and they may help you avoid more drastic procedures in the future. That's why at Newman Family Dentistry we encourage our patients to come in every six months.
There are a lot of things we can do to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and pain-free. Here are a few reasons you'll be glad you came to see us when your mouth was feeling fine.
Correct Your Habits: When you meet with one of our dentists, you will learn about dental habits that will help head off problems. For example, he will take the time to discuss proper brushing, flossing, and dietary habits that will keep your teeth healthy and comfortable. He can also discuss why certain habits can be harmful for your mouth, such as smoking, drinking alcohol or sugary sodas. Our goal is to create a warm, safe environment where you feel comfortable discussing your dental concerns and go home with new motivation to keep up your best habits.
Enjoy Preventive Treatments: We can also offer preventive treatments like sealants to provide an invisible shield that protects your teeth from damage. We recommend applying sealants to children's molars while they're still cavity free. Adults and children will also benefit from fluoride treatments and your mouth will feel great after a thorough cleaning.
Talk About Your Teeth: Here at Newman Family Dentistry, our goal is to educate all of our patients about their teeth and gums and the procedures available, so that they can make healthier choices and understand their options. We will never pressure you into a procedure because we believe that should be your decision -- not ours. We are here to make recommendations, motivate, and then provide you with the services you want for you and your family.
Although it might seem like a hassle to come in for your six-month checkups, preventive care can help you to avoid painful dental problems and extensive repairs later. These are the kind of visits that can cause people to hide from the dentist. In addition to keeping your mouth pain-free a proactive approach to dental care can also save you a lot of time and money. For example, if you have an untreated cavity, like 27% of American adults do, it can snowball into a serious dental abscess in no time. However, with a single preventive visit, you can have that cavity treated to stop decay in its tracks.
During preventive visits, your dentist will take X-rays of your teeth to check for underlying decay and damage. Next, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and flossed by one of our hygienists. After a careful oral exam, your appointment will be over. If issues are detected, another visit will be scheduled to address the problems. This means that preventive exams typically require no needles or drilling, so there is no need to worry.
Since poor oral health has also been tied to serious conditions such as periodontal disease, heart disease, difficult pregnancies, and even cancer, preventive visits might help you to fend off these health problems. A staggering 120 medical conditions can be detected through an oral examination. For example, oral cancer, which claims an estimated 7,600 lives a year, has an 82.7% survival rate when detected early through an oral exam.
If you know that you are due for a dental checkup, contact us today to make an appointment. We are currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to meeting you. We have two locations in Indianapolis and Carmel and offer both early morning and evening appointments. If you are new to Newman Family Dentistry, welcome! We hope to become your go-to dentists in Indianapolis for your entire family.