The arrival of fall means there are only a few months left before a new calendar will go up on the wall. Seeing the dentist for an exam and teeth cleaning before the year is out offers a number of benefits for your oral health, appearance, and comfort. Here's a closer look at why you should see the dentist before the holidays are over and why it's wise to book your appointment early.

Benefits of End-of-Year Dentist Visits

1. Beat the Rush

Over the holiday season, more people will be taking off work and spending time with loved ones, shopping, and attending holiday events. The extra time in their schedules compels many folks to schedule one of their twice-yearly dentist visits and teeth cleanings during this period. 

Perhaps even more importantly, many people have insurance benefits and FSA health care accounts, and some or none of those funds may roll over into next year, resulting in a use-it-or-lose-it situation. By making an appointment now, you're beating the rush and ensuring your health care dollars are maximized.

2. Stay on Top of Dental Issues

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A routine exam will check the condition of your teeth, gums, and mouth and alert you to any problems present. In general, the earlier you detect issues, the sooner you can implement the dentist's treatment plan and prevent problems from worsening. 

Whether it's something as minor as a routine cavity or tooth discoloration or something more serious like an infected root or early signs of oral cancer, your dentist will provide a diagnosis and start the appropriate course of treatment. You'll enter the new year with your oral health on the right track.

3. Restore Shine

Teeth cleaning is a typical part of a normal checkup. You might be planning to be with family and friends over the holidays, or perhaps you're going to be traveling and enjoying a quiet getaway. Either way, a bright smile will help you put your best foot forward. 

During a cleaning, tartar—which is hardened plaque—is removed with specialized equipment that's much more powerful than the toothbrush you use at home. Enjoy a deeper level of sparkle and shine, and leave a positive and memorable impression on everyone you meet.


To schedule an exam and teeth cleaning prior to the end of the year, contact Downtown Dental Group now to beat the rush. With more than 25 years of experience, they serve patients throughout the Atlanta, GA, area. Their dentists provide checkups, cleanings, fillings and crowns, root canal therapy, and many other treatments to help you enjoy a lifetime of dental health. Call (404) 577-0868 or visit them online to learn about the practice and make an appointment.