[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0v-WllGr9g]People often wait until they feel pain to go to the dentist. They believe they can save money by waiting. “Maybe the pain will go away?” This mentality costs patients more money in the long run.  I’m Dr. Corbet Locke, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in Waco, and I advise my patients to follow the American Dental Association’s (ADA) recommendation to see me every six months for routine cleaning and checkups – and at the onset of a toothache.

Teeth need general maintenance to keep them healthy and strong. Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in American adults.  Forgoing good oral hygiene can certainly contribute to the progression of gum disease. Early diagnosis and professional treatment are the key to helping you maintain your teeth for life.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/CorbetLockeDDS#p/a/u/1/l0v-WllGr9g]

I recently had the opportunity to talk with a patient who has been coming to me for a number of years.  He was surprised at the number of problems he had with his teeth. He had several crowns and fillings restored to reestablish solid oral health.  He is now pleased that he needs minimal maintenance on his teeth because of his regular visits and good daily homecare. Watch his youtube testimonial at http://www.youtube.com/CorbetLockeDDS, or click on the picture above this article.

If it’s time for your six-month check up or cleaning, call my Waco, TX dental office at (254)776-4888. I will do everything possible to preserve your smile!