How long has it been?
When we’re kids, we often go to the dentist multiple times a year. Sometimes, if there’s something wrong, we could end up there more than that. But, for most people in America, that’s more or less the baseline for annual childhood dental visits. However, as we age, that changes. Work and other responsibilities get in the way. Maybe you’ve tried to make an appointment for a dental visit but you’ve just been so busy, it feels like there isn’t time. Or perhaps, you’re waiting for that bit of free time coming up when you can schedule an appointment, but when that free time comes up, you find that you feel better served by resting and recuperating. That’s perfectly understandable.
However, you also want to make sure that you’re not shortchanging your teeth, either. You don’t want to put off a dental visit so much that you put your teeth at risk. By postponing your dental care, you increase the odds that you could have periodontal disease or something worse. These kinds of diseases can pop up when you least expect it. They can cause untold damage to your oral health, as well as your overall health.
This is why it’s so important to get yourself checked out. You don’t know what’s in there. Sure, if you brush your teeth and take care of yourself, your health is probably in good shape. However, if it’s been multiple years or even a year, it’s not worth it to take that chance. Getting yourself checked out now is a great way to manage your own health.
Inflammation and Tartar
Very few of us have the pearly white teeth that we would like. Even if you’ve been brushing your teeth after every meal since you were four years old (or younger) it can be very difficult to make sure that your teeth are blindingly white. That’s perfectly normal and human. Of course, if you’d like to make your teeth brighter, we have top quality teeth whitening services. However, for many of us, the focus isn’t to get our teeth to be crystal white, but rather to avoid excessive tartar build-up.
When your teeth have plaque, it eventually gets harder and harder. Once it hardens into tartar, unfortunately, your odds of periodontal disease have skyrocketed. They’ve become much worse than you might have previously thought. That’s just from having a bit of tartar on your teeth. If you have more than a little bit, your odds go up even higher. Should tartar have found a place on your teeth and you can’t get it off, then it becomes all the more important to get your teeth checked out.
Inflammation works in a similar fashion. Every now and then, you might feel pain in your gums. Maybe there’s a bit of pain, perhaps there’s some inflammation, but nothing you can’t handle. However, should your gums begin to swell a bit, or even start to bleed, that’s no good. Those are among the most common signs of the early stage of gum disease. Worse, gum disease is inextricably linked to heart disease. Oral health isn’t disconnected from your overall health. It’s hard to feel good when you have oral pain. A checkup from our professional dental team can make sure that you’re ready for what’s ahead.
Our Burbank Dentist
It’s something of a cliché for a business to say: “we treat you like family.” However, at our dental care, we mean it. We don’t just want to be your dentist, we want you to feel comfortable when you arrive. So, we make sure that you don’t have to spend all day waiting in the waiting room. We’ve made this a relaxing environment, the kind of place that’s calming and restful. To schedule an appointment for a checkup or any of our other services, just call (818) 260-9000.