If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we invite you to schedule your dental check-up with James E Sullivan DDS. At our Fort Washington dental office, we treat patients of all ages and are focused on improving the health and appearance of our patients’ smiles. We understand that not everyone is excited about dental care and that due to busy schedules, a lack of insurance, or general forgetfulness, a lot of people don’t visit the dentist with any regularity. If that’s you – don’t worry. You are not alone. According to USA today, 34 percent of Americans don’t visit the dentist on an annual basis. While this is a large group of people, not having a dental check-up can place you at risk for a variety of health issues. We encourage you to take an hour out of your day for the benefit of your oral health and your future quality of life. To get started, all you need to do is call (301) 248-8080 and schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff won’t judge you for your lack of prior dental care but will be happy to get you up to speed again.
Why You Need One
There is a direct link between visiting the dentist and keeping your natural teeth. If you want to ensure that you have a full mouth of health teeth – visit the dentist. Gallup released a study in 2014 that found the states with the highest percentage of dental visits also had the lowest percentage of adult tooth loss. For example, in Connecticut 74 percent of adults visited the dentist in the past year, and their rate of adult tooth loss was only 9 percent. On the other hand, in West Virginia only 57 percent of adults visited the dentist in the past year, and 37 percent of adults have complete tooth loss. The correlation is clear and should prompt you to give us a call. If you do lose your teeth, we can help by providing you with replacements in the form of dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Still, there is no need for you to experience significant tooth loss when you visit our office regularly for preventative care. Saving your teeth, after all, is less time-consuming and less expensive.
Another reason to schedule a dental check-up is to make sure that you don’t experience a toothache or infection. We treat patients throughout the 20744 area and find that toothaches can create enough discomfort to cause people to miss work. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, 164 million work hours are lost each and every year due to dental related health issues. If you are like many of our Fort Washington patients that don’t feel they have time for the dentist, you definitely need to schedule a dental check-up. Failing to do so could result in a more serious health condition forming and the need to take time off of work. After all, without preventative dental care, you are at a greater risk for tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
What Happens at Your Dental Check-Up
At James E Sullivan DDS, we are a gentle dentist and will complete your dental check-up in a way that is comfortable and relaxing. We understand that some people don’t visit the dentist because they have a dental phobia or are concerned that something may be wrong. If this is the case, and you do have a cavity, we will treat your tooth gently and carefully so that your health issues can be addressed without causing you any further irritation.
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We invite you to call 301-248-8080 and schedule your dental check-up right away. When you come in, we will escort you to the examination room where you will be given a drape and goggles to wear. Next, we will take images of your teeth and gums to see if there are any infections or decay that are under the surface. We will also perform a visual inspection of your gums and each one of your teeth. During this time, we will also be looking for signs of infection, tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. If we identify any of these issues, we will discuss treatment options with you and may even be able to treat minor cavities that day. Before starting any procedures we will discuss them in detail to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. We will also clean your teeth before you go to ensure that you don’t have any lingering plaque or bacteria on your teeth or gums. When you visit our Fort Washington, MD dental office, you can expect the highest quality of care and that your dental check-up will be completed efficiently and gently.
The Benefits of Coming in Now
At James E Sullivan DDS, we want you to visit our 20744 dentist office at the first sign of discomfort. If you have even a slight toothache or irritation in your gums, you should schedule a dental exam. If there is a problem, we can correct it immediately, rather than allowing it to grow and spread. In many cases, we can help you to avoid experiencing any significant discomfort by simply removing the decayed area while it is still small. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a dental emergency as an untreated cavity spreads. Fortunately, we make it easy to schedule a dental check-up with our Fort Washington dentist office. All you need to do is call (301) 248-8080 to schedule an appointment. We will work within your schedule to ensure that you receive the care you need, exactly when you need it.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Dental Care
While we understand that many people wait to seek dental care due to anxiety, time, or finances, we do not recommend it. Instead, we suggest that you schedule a dental exam now, even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort. Doing so will allow us to remove any plaque or bacteria that has built up on your teeth, ensure that you don’t have any cavities that are forming and prevent you from experiencing gum disease. Our goal is to treat you before you have any health issues, and a dental check-up is designed to allow us to do so. If you live in the 20744 area, it doesn’t matter why you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. We welcome you to come back in so that we can protect and improve your oral health.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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- James E Sullivan DDS was established in 1989
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