Visit Your Traverse City Dentist to Catch Conditions Early

Posted on: June 1, 2016

DentistAt your Traverse City dentist, we know that the secret to great teeth is consistency and regular visits to the dentist for an examination and cleaning. While we understand that visiting the dentist is probably not the first thing on your “fun things to schedule today” list, we also know there are intrinsic benefits to seeing your dentist on a regular basis. A number of patients and families have come to the understanding that it’s much more beneficial to come in for a brief, routine visit than have to deal with dental emergencies, dental discomfort, or needing to rush in for a complicated, expensive procedure. The patients who do come in once every six months tend to work with us to fend off any major dental issues. When you are considering the pros and cons of visiting the dentist, consider that most dental problems begin very small. Untreated, they can grow significantly until they are serious issues. Regular dental visits can help avoid this by doing two very important things. First, we clean your teeth, removing excess dental plaque. When plaque is allowed to build up in those hard-to-reach-with-the-toothbrush spots, it leads to cavities and decay. Second, we give you a full examination, seeking any problems that may be lurking, so we can catch them in their infancy stages and treat them before they cause you any discomfort.

Unfortunately, too many people are still not taking advantage of preventative dental care, and the number of those who do is going down. In a study of people who had visited the dentist at least once in a 12-month period, between 2002 and 2012, we found that the percentage went down from 44.5 percent to 42.1 percent. This means fewer people are regularly visiting their dentist for prevention. When you consider that 27.5 percent of the US population has untreated cavities, a number exponentially higher in specific demographics, it becomes apparent why we need more people to be coming in for routine maintenance. If you are one of those people sitting on the fence about visiting your dentist, we’d like to be the first to encourage you to make an appointment.

It is now standard practice for your Traverse City dentist to offer an oral cancer screening, which is something Dr. Pfefferle does during every exam. These oral cancer examinations are so critical that Dr. Pfefferle has opted to include this service for free with every hygiene visit. Often times, your dentist or hygienist is the first to catch a suspicious lesion in the throat or mouth. In addition to screening for oral cancer, a thorough examination of the tongue and other areas of the mouth helps give clues about the overall health of your body, as often times vitamin deficiencies and other systemic issues manifest themselves in the oral cavity. If Dr. Pfefferle sees something that is abnormal, she can help guide you into appropriate therapies or recommendations.


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