Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with all your responsibilities. At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.
Twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in optimal shape!
“But my teeth feel fine.”
We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.
1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are at risk.
2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any deterioration.
3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Our team screens for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is vital.
After your entire mouth has been examined, the team at Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI will discuss what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatments, we will make sure that you get all the information you need. Patients from Washington Township, Macomb, and Lakeside come to us for general dentistry and a host of other services. Contact us today!