Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020! As you ring in the new year, don’t think that last year’s preventive dental treatments will last forever. Checkups and cleanings need to be scheduled regularly (about every six months is ideal) to maintain your oral health. Twice daily brushing, and flossing at least once a day will also help maintain teeth and gums in tip-top condition. We have heard a lot of reasons why people sometimes slack off, but tooth decay doesn’t take time off, so don’t fall for these excuses.

Excuse #1: I’m Too Old For Cavities

If only this were true. Cavities might seem to occur more in youngsters, but they can occur at any age. While little ones may not be as experienced at carefully brushing, there are issues that can affect older brushers as well. The toothbrush may be more difficult to grip comfortably, retirement and travel can throw habits and schedules out the window, and memory lapses can occur. You don’t outgrow cavities, but if one should occur, we can help you spot it, and place a tooth colored filling for repair.

Excuse #2: I’m Too Busy

If you are too busy for preventive care, then you may need to get ready to make room in your schedule for restorative care instead. When dental issues are ignored, they don’t go away. Instead, they tend to grow larger and more serious. A small cavity may turn into a root canal repair situation. If headaches, neck aches, or jaw or shoulder pain are occurring from teeth grinding (bruxism), the issues will almost certainly continue until your jaw is supported and maintained in the correct positions.

Excuse #3: It’s Too Expensive

If you are concerned that your insurance deductible has reset for the new year, keep in mind that problems caught early are usually less expensive to address. Our helpful staff can help file your insurance, and offer financing options if you don’t have insurance or there are residual amounts.

Step Up and Take Charge of Your Oral Health

Don’t slide into the new year without keeping your dental health in mind. A healthy and comfortable smile deserves to be taken  care of all year long. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.