Why You Should Not Skip Dental Checkups
Regular dental checkups, you have undoubtedly heard over and over, are a vital part of maintaining your oral health. There are many reasons that this is the case, which we will explore now.
• Removal of buildup: Dental checkups are an important way to get a thorough cleaning to remove buildup that has been missed by regular brushing and flossing.
• Fluoride treatment: The last thing any dentist does before you leave the office is to give you a healthy dose of fluoride that you rinse your mouth with. It has been proven that this simple step helps prevent future decay.
• Physical pain is avoided: Cavities are spotted before they start causing you physical pain. This is important because once a tooth starts to hurt, you may not be able to get into a dental appointment for some days, particularly if it starts on a Friday evening.
• Big cavities are avoided: Small cavities are caught before they become big cavities. This is exceptionally important and often overlooked. Once decay takes root in your teeth, it is virtually impossible to remove it on your own. It is also virtually impossible to keep it from progressing into a larger cavity. And larger cavities often lead to a root canal.
• Gum disease is caught early: Gum disease affects about half of the population over the age of 30, and the numbers get worse as people age. At the most benign level, gum disease can cause bad breath, something you may not notice, but others will. But if gum disease is not stopped early, it can have significant problems on the health of your jaw and teeth, often resulting in losing those teeth.
• Cancer is identified: Few people think about cancer when they go to the dentist, but the truth is that dentists know mouths better than anyone. Not only are they trained to look for it, but they can spot concerning abnormalities of the soft tissue of the mouth better than anyone. Mouth cancers are diagnosed over 300,000 times a year. Catching it early can make the difference between the quick removal of a tumor to a life-threatening disease. Dentists can and do spot these problems early. Indeed, probably earlier than anyone else, including yourself.
Making and keeping your bi-annual visit to the dentist is critical for reasons both big and small, from bad breath to life-threatening.
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