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Why Preventive Care Is Key to Oral Health

added on: September 8, 2016

Do you sometimes wonder if regular dental visits are actually that important? If you have enjoyed a healthy smile thus far in life, it can be tempting to skip your next dental appointment, not realizing the importance of these routine visits. Preventive care like regular checkups and cleanings are essential to keeping both the teeth and gums healthy, though. So don’t skip out on this key preventive care. Instead, understand the role these dental visits play in maintaining great oral health, so you can help care for your one and only smile!

What Do Dental Visits Do for Your Smile?

Routine visits provide your dentist with an opportunity to both remove any plaque buildup that has calcified onto the teeth, but just as importantly to check for any burgeoning dental issues, such as undiagnosed cavities.

By catching problems early, it is far more likely that the issue can be resolved using minimally invasive restorative treatment, such as a simple dental filling for a cavity, or a crown to help protect a tooth that has become chipped or cracked.

When Should You Schedule an Appointment?

Though most people believe they only need to visit the dentist once or twice a year, many patients actually discover that the best way to prevent cavities is by visiting the dentist for a cleaning and checkup once every three to four months.

Keep in mind, many factors can impact how likely you are to struggle with cavities, gum disease and other common problems, including underlying health conditions, medications you are taking, your diet and genetics. So at your next appointment, talk to your dentist about how frequently you, personally, need cleanings in order to adequately protect both your teeth and gums!


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.