Don’t look now, but spring is in the air. Time to dust those corners, vacuum those rugs, and put away those holiday decorations that have cluttered up your home since Christmas. While you’re at it, make an appointment to see your dentist in Orlando. There is no better way to start the warm season than with clean, healthy teeth and gums.
An Ounce of Prevention…
When it comes to our overall health, most of us know about the importance of preventative care.. How many times have we told ourselves that we need to eat right, exercise, and avoid stress? But we often forget about the need to care for our teeth and gums in much the same way.
That’s a shame, when you think about it. After all, your oral health is a good indicator of your overall health. In fact, many serious medical conditions first show up as symptoms in your mouth.
This is why biannual dental appointments are so important, even if you brush and floss daily and have never had a toothache in your life. Catching problems early is all-important when it comes to successful treatment.
What to Expect during a Routine Dental Visit
Maybe you’re one of the many people who has never seen the inside of a dentist’s office; unless you’re seeking relief from an aching tooth, that is. If that’s the case, then you may be unfamiliar with what happens during a routine appointment. Here’s a glimpse at what to expect:
- The dentist will perform a quick yet thorough check of your mouth, teeth, gums, lips, throat, and face. The purpose of this step is to make sure that everything is as it should be. Meanwhile, you can kick back and relax in the cushy dental chair.
- The next step is a comprehensive, gentle dental cleaning. This is important for removing built-up plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing alone leave behind
- The last step is to schedule your next appointment. Most of us should see our dentist every six months or so. It’s a good idea to schedule the next visit at the end of your first one. The office will send you a friendly reminder when the time is coming near.
Worried about Paying for Regular Dental Care? Options Are Available
One reason why people avoid regular dental visits is due to concerns over costs. If that’s the case with you, then we have good news. We invite you to explore the following options:
- Private coverage plans. You’ll find more information online or from your local insurance representative. You may learn that the fees are more affordable than you thought.
- Direct payment arrangements. Many dental practices are happy to work out payment plans, especially for basic services such as cleanings, exams, and fillings.
- Reduced-cost care. Communities across the country have established public clinics, where the economically disadvantaged can access basic dental care. These facilities are often staffed by full-time dental professionals who volunteer during their off hours.
Warmer weather is upon us, and summer isn’t far away. Make an appointment to see your dentist soon; then get ready for a wonderful year yet ahead.
About the Author
Dr. Ziyad Maali is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association. He proudly provides first-rate dental care to the people of our community. You can reach his office online or by calling (407) 355-0608.