Most people don’t look forward to a visit to the dentist (except maybe Bill Murray’s masochistic character in Little Shop of Horrors).

It can be difficult to motivate yourself to see the dentist regularly. If the sound of a drill doesn’t fill you with excitement, here are 4 great reasons to make sure you get your teeth checked out at least twice a year.staff

1.     Prevent gum disease

Even if you diligently brush and floss every day, small amounts of plaque can build up in the corners of your mouth. As plaque builds up, it turns to tartar, which leads to a bacterial infection called gum disease.

About half of all American adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. That’s quite a few people missing their dental checkups. A simple cleaning in the dentist’s office can remove all the plaque and buildup you may have missed with your regular brushing.

2.     Hold on to your teeth

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. That’s because as the bacteria spreads and eats away at your gum tissue, the pockets holding your teeth in place loosen. Getting a regular dental checkup, along with brushing and flossing every day, is the best way to keep gum disease at bay.

3.     Save time and money

A preventative checkup is relatively quick and inexpensive. It’s the more drastic procedures like root canals that take forever and cost you big. Save yourself time and money by getting regular checkups, so your dentist can catch any problems before they turn into an expensive procedure.

The dentists here at McPherson Dental are experts at preventing the more costly problems that can take root in your mouth.

Call today to set up an appointment with McPherson Dental, and let us help you keep a brighter, healthier smile!