Perhaps because of seemingly ever rising costs for energy, food items, and other essential household goods & services, some families may be experiencing difficult financial times these days, and as a result may be looking for ways to trim expenditures.

Sometimes people elect to forego regular dental check-ups as a way of reducing expenses because they incorrectly consider these examinations and professional hygiene care as an avoidable cost, when in reality these preventative services can actually save money by helping them avoid much more comprehensive & expensive restorative dental procedures down the road.

Fact is, practising good oral care at home, while necessary, is simply not enough; regular dental check-ups together with hygiene therapy are essential to keeping our teeth & gums healthy and free of diseases.

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Regular dental check-ups and hygiene care are especially important for children because these services help them to develop and enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles in adulthood. During these examinations we can detect small cavities before they grow larger and become painful, moreover our hygienist can insure that they are brushing and flossing correctly to maintain optimal oral health.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for all adults too. A semi-annual check-up will include a thorough check for gum disease which is the #1 reason people lose teeth and a frequent source of bad breath. We’ll also look carefully for signs of tooth decay. Remember, even the best fillings can have a limited life. Even the smallest microscopic space between the tooth structure and filling can potentially result in decay that must be caught early to avoid toothless.

Our doctors will also check your bite to make sure your teeth are in harmony with each other because an unbalanced bite cannot only damage your teeth, but wear on your jaw joints too.

Bad breath? Yes, we realize that this is a touchy subject. The problem is that most people are unaware that they have bad breath. Usually, it’s not what you eat that causes the problem, rather, it’s an accumulation of dental plaque that is the common cause and we can help with that.

We’ll also look carefully for any changes in oral soft tissue to make sure there are no signs of oral cancer, because according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate for oral cancer is actually higher than that of many other cancers that we hear about routinely.

The bottom line? Just like regular oil changes and maintenance for your car wh1chhelps it to run smoothly for years longer than it would otherwise, regular dental check-ups and hygiene therapy can help upkeep your natural teeth and enjoy optimal dental health. H just makes sense to see us regularly.

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. James Hallam