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December 15, 2019

Regular Dental Checkups for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Regular dental checkups with Dr David Schaefer help prevent problems that are more serious. Avoiding regular dental checkups with your family dentist in Independence will only make things worse if you have a cavity or gum disease.


From dental phobia to no time, people are always finding excuses not to see their Independence dentist regularly. Unfortunately, cavities and gum disease will not get better on their own.

What Happens if You Avoid Regular Dental Checkups

Gum Disease

If you avoid the dentist, you could be asking for periodontal disease, the more serious form of gum disease. Gum disease in its earliest stages can be treated, but once it develops into periodontitis, it cannot, as there is no cure for periodontal disease. While periodontitis can be controlled, it cannot be cured.

If your gums are red and swollen and/or bleed when you brush and floss, you could be dealing with gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause more serious issues, including tooth loss. If you follow Dr. Schaefer’s dental blog, you will also know that research shows a link between gum disease and overall health.

Regular professional cleanings help avoid gum disease. If you do have gum disease Dr. Schaefer may recommend root scaling and planing to help heal your gums.

Tooth Decay

Small cavities will eventually get bigger. The larger the cavity, the more time it will take to fill. If you leave tooth decay to its own devices, you may require root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is necessary if the tooth has become so damaged that it kills the roots of the tooth.

According to your family dentist in Independence, tooth decay is easily avoided with regular dental checkups.

Regular Dental Checkups are Essential

Other ways to avoid tooth decay include brushing twice and flossing once a day, eating a healthy diet and scheduling regular dental checkups with Dr. David Schaefer.

If you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your dentist in Independence do it today. It could mean the difference between a small filling and root canal therapy.

Call and schedule your appointment with Dr. Schaefer today.

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