Five reasons not to skip the dentist |

Five reasons not to skip the dentist

Dr. Michael Harms
VAIL CO, Colorado
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1. You have dental insurance.

If you already pay for dental insurance, don’t throw away money. Most insurance cover two cleanings per year. Take advantage of it and save money in the long run by avoiding costly procedures that could have been prevented by regular cleanings and check-ups.

2. It’s more than your mouth.

Did you know that studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease associated with poor oral hygiene? A trip to your dentist every six months can reduce your risk of serious health problems.

3. It prevents oral cancer and gum disease.

You may not realize that you’re screened for oral cancer during your regular dental cleaning. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day, but it’s is highly curable with early diagnosis. Gum disease, or an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place, is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. It can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early.

4. It’s best to detect dental problems early.

Cavities and broken fillings are easier and less expensive to fix. Without regular trips to the dentist, these problems can lead to more costly root canals, gum surgery and tooth extractions.

5. You want to upgrade your smile.

If you’re already suffering from tooth decay or gum problems, regular appointments will allow our office to create a personalized treatment plan that will give you the best smile possible. Regular cleanings remove stains from tobacco, wine, coffee and tea, polishing your teeth to a beautiful shine.

Dr Michael Harms is owner of Apex Dental in Vail. Find him online at, Facebook and EpicMix. To schedule an appointment or a complimentary consultation call 970-476-4898.

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