In 2016, about 64% of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 visited the dentist once during the year. While it may not sound not so bad, it still means millions of Americans are missing out on important annual smile visits to their dentist.
And if you’re one of them, your oral health could be at risk.
At Cox Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, we tell most patients to schedule a hygiene appointment every six months. In addition to your own at-home care routine, it’s one of the most effective ways of ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy and look their best.
Many people refer to time with their hygienist as a cleaning, but these appointments can include the following services:
- Diagnostic: Includes examination of your teeth to find decay, cavity-detecting radiographs, and an assessment of your gum tissue.
- Preventive: Could mean screening for oral cancer, checking blood pressure, and applying fluoride, and pit and fissure sealants.
- Educational: Could include brushing and flossing instruction, nutrition counseling, explanations of dental treatments, and answers to questions about future treatment.
Are you covered? Most dental insurance plans partially or fully cover one, or even two, checkups and cleanings each year. By ensuring you stay on top of these appointments, you make the most the most of your coverage and protect your most valuable asset – your smile.
Save money in the long run. If you put off or avoid regular hygiene visits, your smile could suffer. Our team of skilled and caring professionals can identify dental concerns before they turn into something more serious, requiring costly future treatment.
Have you booked your next hygiene appointment yet? We want to help you and your entire family take full advantage of our hygienists’ expertise. Call now for family dentistry in Fredericksburg and discover the difference we can make in the health and longevity of your smile!
– Dr. Gregory Cox & Dr. Sherri Wilkerson-Cox