Dental care is a primarily preventive process involving regular dental cleanings and examinations to get rid of accumulated, bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar, and in the process, prevent most issues from arising in the first place, or to stop them in their earliest stages before they become severe and expensive to treat. While many people don’t see the need to keep their bi-annual dental appointments, this could put your oral and overall health at risk.
Here are 5 reasons to visit your dentist as required:
- Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
During your teeth cleaning and exam appointment, the dentist will also look for any signs of gum disease and tooth decay. The dentist can detect your risk for gum disease or cavities, and provide a personalized plan to help prevent these problems, like during pregnancy.
- Check for Root Caries
As you grow older and use medications that reduce saliva flow in the mouth, your gums tend to recede and expose root surfaces, resulting in root caries. A radiograph is used to diagnose the early signs that include softening and a matte appearance on the root surface. If detected early, root caries can be treated by switching to a toothpaste with higher fluoride content, and perhaps a crown or restoration.
- Full Oral Cancer Screening
Reports indicate that about 42,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with oral cancer. Early detection and treatment are critical to averting the dangers of oral cancer, which is why you should always keep your scheduled visits. Oral cancer screening should be performed at least once a year, where the dentist checks your soft palate, the floor of your mouth, and sides and front of the tongue for early indicators.
- Affordable Dental Care
Of all types of dental appointments (preventive, cosmetic, restorative), preventive care is the most affordable. Dental cleanings are intended to keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy, which will, in turn, help you avoid paying for costly dental procedures in the future.
- Improved Self-Confidence
If you don’t get professional cleanings, bacteria in your mouth will buildup as calculus, releasing acids that inflame the gums, erode tooth enamel, cause tooth decay, stain your teeth, cause bad breath, and even lead to tooth loss. While all these problems can be treated, their symptoms might affect your self-confidence.
Whatever you’re hoping to get from subsequent treatments, whether restorative or cosmetic, this is a good opportunity to discuss your expectations. From rebuilding worn enamel to replacing missing teeth to straightening crooked teeth, you will have a detailed conversation with your dentist about your goals, possible treatments, your budget, and when you can schedule your dental appointments to begin your treatment plan.