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In parts 1 and 2 of this series we discussed fluoride and sealant – 2 simple and affordable preventative tactics you can take to drastically reduce your risk for cavities.

The third way that you can prevent dental cavities is by keeping up with your  six-month checkups.

I know its really easy, and I heard two people do it just this afternoon. We call to confirm an appointment, and theyre like, Uh, how about not tomorrow, can you do Thursday? It is so easy to postpone your dental appointment, because in the back of your mind nothing hurts, no big deal. But by keeping up with those appointments, we can help you identify things that may be wrong. Maybe your diet changed, maybe you started drinking your coffee with a new creamer in it, or maybe your doctor just put you on a new blood pressure medication, and you dont know that the blood pressure medication causes dry mouth. And so… your tiny ignored cavity turns into a big cavity. If you dont keep up with your appointments, youll never know if its something small.

We can help you by changing up your dental products, not every toothpaste is the same, not every mouth wash is the same. We can recommend products to you like a water pick, something thats going to help you for those people who dont like to floss. Its going to help at least blast the food out of your teeth.

I tell you what, we got a water pick at my house this is a funny story I guess about four weeks ago, and believe it or not, Id never had a water pick. I know its crazy. It comes with a lot of different tips, and so theres three to four different tips, and all of a sudden my husband was like, Hey, what are you doing? I m like, I just got a water pick, and its awesome. Hes like, Well let me try it. He is all about water picking now. You give that man a power tool, power flossing, put some RPMs behind it, and he is all on board for that. So we are avid water pickers now. So, you know, like I said, if there is something we can recommend to prevent issues from popping up in the future, I am all about that. But Im not going to be able to make that recommendation for you if I dont see you every six months.

There are so many little things that can accumulate into big problem thats going to cost you money. And a lot of peoples insurance will cover a couple cleanings free a year. Why not take advantage of that and let a professional get in there and take a look and see?

I have this same conversation with my patients, some patients on a daily basis. Im like, Hey, youre starting to get a cavity in between your teeth. Lets start flossing more, lets start doing a fluoride rinse, lets do a fluoride treatment for you today, lets see if we cant maintain this where it is and prevent it from getting worse. Or, Hey, theres a crack in your tooth. We need to take care of this now or youre going to end up having surgery, or a root canal. And I m telling you what, those are four letter words in my office, because we dont want you to have to have surgery or a root canal or any of those things.

Like I said, by identifying these problems early, were going to be able to prevent a whole host of problems. With the link between your oral health and the rest of your health; diabetes, blood pressure issues, heart disease, theyre now linking gum disease to different types of cancers. Were all connected. If theres something going on with your oral health, a lot of times we can say Hey, whats going on with diet, whats going on? Have you had your blood sugars checked lately? When was the last time you saw your primary care doctor because I think there could be something going on?

There are some types of cancers that manifest that have signs that are seen by a dentist, because there are things that go on in your mouth that indicate different types of cancers. Let us be on your team for your whole overall health so we can identify these small problems.

Like I said, prevention, prevention, prevention is my favorite thing.

I would much rather tell you to try this fluoride rinse than have to drill on your tooth, lets be honest, because everybody wants a happy visit when you come to the dentist. Theres no happier feeling than having me say, A+ on your check-up today! Awesome job on your dental exam, you get an A! That is a great feeling.

You know were here all the time, so whenever youre ready you just come on in.

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