School is in session, for most students anyway, and if you haven’t scheduled annual dental checkups for your family, now is the time to do it.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Gimor from the Glen Dental Center in Glenview Ill, regular dental checkups, at least once a year, twice is preferred, will prevent tooth decay and gum disease from occurring as it will be detected before any damage can become serious.

The Dangers of Tooth Decay

If you follow the Glen Dental Blog, you will know that tooth decay can rapidly deteriorate and if left to its own devices can actually kill the pulp in the tooth requiring root canal therapy, or even an extraction if the cavity has gotten too deep and has destroyed the rest of the healthy tooth.

Tooth Decay Prevention

With regular dental checkups any sign of tooth decay can be nipped in the bud with a small dental filling. You can help prevent tooth decay by limiting sugar intake, avoiding sugary drinks like soda, fruit juice, and sports and energy drinks. Brushing twice and flossing once each day also helps prevent cavities.

The Dangers of Gum Disease

Everyone is susceptible to gum disease, even kids. Scheduling regular dental checkups for the entire family can help early gingivitis detection preventing it from developing into the more serious and incurable periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Prevention

The number one cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Dr. Gilmor recommends brushing twice and flossing once each day to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Use a soft bristled brush replacing every three months or when the toothbrush looks tattered and frayed. Brush for two minutes being careful not to damage your gums by brushing too hard.

If you smoke, kick the habit as people who indulge in nicotine are four times more likely to have gum disease than those who don’t.

This fall it’s time to reevaluate your family’s health. Call or click and schedule a dental appointment for you and your family today.

Dental checkups really can prevent a whole mouthful of problems. Call or click today.