Many patients experience dental anxiety which prevents them from scheduling their necessary preventative dental care appointments. On top of this, many of our patients are unsure about scheduling their next dental cleaning due to the coronavirus pandemic. As your trusted dentist in Bedford, TX, we want to assure you that it is safe to schedule your next dental cleaning. Here are some reasons why you should schedule your next appointment as soon as possible:

Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

Your dental health and your overall health are directly intertwined. Your mouth is constantly filled with bacteria. It is also the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts.  When your dental health is compromised, or your mouth and teeth surfaces contain too much harmful bacteria, you are more at risk for developing a variety of diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Regular preventative dental care appointments maintain the amount of bacteria in your mouth. It also ensures that a professional dentist is keeping a close eye out for underlying issues that could lead to major dental concerns down the road if not treated promptly.

Dental Concerns Only Get Worse Over Time

While some health issues may go away on their own, dental concerns usually do not. In fact, it is more common for them to get worse over time. For example, if you notice that your teeth or gums bleed before or after brushing your teeth, this is an early-stage symptom of gum disease. In the early stages of gum disease, you can typically be treated with a thorough dental cleaning in which a professional dentist removes any buildup that is irritating your gum line and causing the bleeding. However, if left untreated, these symptoms quickly develop into other symptoms which can eventually cause receding gums or even tooth loss. It’s important to see a dentist regularly so that they can treat smaller issues before they become bigger, more costly issues.

Patient Safety is Our Priority

We are now seeing all patients, both new and existing. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, as you may have seen during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. To help ensure that we can safely provide necessary dental care to our community,  you may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. Get to know our new safety protocols here. We look forward to seeing you soon.