Don't Put off Visiting Your Dentist

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
January 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visit  

Have you seen us in the last six months? If not, find out why you should.

We know that being an adult isn’t always fun. After all, paying bills and going to work and running errands isn’t really how you might dental visithave pictured adulthood as a child. Of course, something both children and adults need to do is visit their Columbus, GA dentist, Dr. Phillip Tully III, every six months for routine cleanings. Yes, we know you’re busy, but not visiting us regularly could mean some serious complications for your smile down the road.

Here are just some of the reasons why a dental checkup is a must:

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Even if you are the best brusher and flosser possible, there are still going to be small areas that are difficult to reach, and once plaque starts to build up it’s rather challenging to remove it properly. And it’s not long before plaque hardens into tartar, which you can’t remove.

By coming in for routine cleanings every six months, our Columbus general dentist can remove plaque and tartar to prevent cavities and gum disease from ruining your smile.

Gum Disease

It’s amazing how many people have gum disease and don’t even know it, and if you aren’t coming in for routine cleanings how would you know whether you have it or not? While some people will notice symptoms of red, puffy or tender gums, it’s amazing how many times this illness doesn’t present with symptoms. While it can be reversed in its early stages, once it has turned into gum disease you could also suffer from bone and tooth loss.

Oral Cancer

Did you know that our Columbus family dentist is the one that can detect whether you may have oral cancer? Oral cancer can be life threatening if not treated right away and often times the only way to detect a suspicious growth is to come in for routine screenings. These screenings are performed during your routine exams, they only take a couple minutes, it’s completely painless and it could just save your life.

Find Hidden Dental Issues

Sometimes even we can’t see what lurks beneath the surface of your teeth and jawbone. That’s why we perform x-rays. These imaging tests are a great way to detect problems like impacted teeth, jawbone damage, an infection or cyst. Being able to catch these problems early will prevent the need for more serious treatments later on.

Even a healthy smile needs proper medical attention. Call our Columbus, GA dental office to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam. Trust us--you’ll be glad you did!

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