If you consider dental health an “extra,” think again. Although Massachusetts citizens ranked as having some of the healthiest mouths in the United States, studies show a decrease across the country in trips to the dentist. Job loss and the threat of unemployment, in addition to high insurance costs, contribute to a list of reasons people don’t attend regular checkups. Neglecting professional dental care is a mistake, plain and simple. You may save now, but you’ll end up paying more later in life.

Many people don’t know, oral health directly and indirectly impacts bodily health. The ADA and Brighton Dental Group recommend checkups at least twice a year, every six months. During a checkup, our patients undergo an exam, plus a cleaning, if gum disease isn’t present. We will inspect each of your teeth for decay, cracks, chips, and faulty dental work. The dentist will also check for damage caused by bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding), test for oral cancer, and look for signs of gum disease.

Regular checkups are important for children, as well. In fact, the ADA recommends a visit before a child’s first birthday. Tooth decay is rampant – it’s the most widespread childhood disease. By age three to five, kids should attend six-month checkups and cleanings to reduce the risk for tooth decay. Fluoride and dental sealants also help reduce cavities in children. A routine visit is much easier on your wallet than an emergency visit or intensive procedure, and these are common for people who neglect dental checkups. Call Brighton Family Dental Group to schedule your family’s dental checkups and cleanings at (617) 562-5210.