October 25, 2016

Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

You’ve probably already heard that you should go to the dentist regularly to maintain good oral health. A reliable rule of thumb is to go twice per year. However, you may not have been told about the full benefits of regular cleanings and checkups. To help you understand the importance of taking the time to schedule an appointment, here are some of the biggest reasons why doing so is a good idea.

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Have you ever had bad breath? Of course you have! Everyone gets it. But if you don’t see your dental health professional and get your mouth cleaned occasionally, it could get much worse. Dentists can also help you keep your teeth bright and white. Many everyday products we consume, such as coffee or tea, can leave stains on them. At the dentist’s office you can get them whitened and polished, eliminating those unsightly stains and giving you a more attractive and confident-looking smile.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults, and most adults will face gum disease at some point in their lives. One of your biggest oral health goals, therefore, should be taking efforts to prevent and minimize this problem. Regular checkups will help you do that. Your
dentist has special tools that check to see if your gums are still healthy. If there’s a problem, he or she will tell you how best to fix it before it costs you your smile.

Detecting Cavities

Over time, tiny food particles in your mouth convert to plaque, an acidic substance that clings to and slowly eats away your teeth. Regular flossing and brushing can help slow this process, but they can’t prevent it entirely. Over time, these cavities get worse and worse until they begin to cause you tremendous pain. A tooth isn’t like skin; it won’t regenerate to repair itself. Therefore, if you let the cavity get bad enough, you’ll lose it.

Fortunately, oral health professionals always check for cavities in their earliest stages. They use x-rays and other medical equipment to find them before they start to hurt you or cause irreplaceable damage. When cavities are in their early stages, repairing them is no problem. You’ll also get a good cleaning at every checkup, which prevents the buildup of plaque and lowers the likelihood that you’ll get cavities in the future.

Preventing Oral Cancer and Other Life-Threatening Conditions

Oral cancer is a deadly serious problem. Experts estimate that nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it every year, and nearly 10,000 will die from it. Almost half of those diagnosed with oral cancer will die within five years of their diagnosis.

The Oral Cancer Foundation notes that this high mortality rate is mainly caused by the fact that oral cancer is usually detected at a very late stage. It can be hard to detect early because the symptoms are relatively mild at first.

Fortunately, dentists know how to recognize the signs of cancer early and will be able to detect it during a routine check-up. But that’s not all. Getting your mouth checked by a doctor has other major health benefits.

Dental check-ups have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, as well. Seeing your oral health-care professional regularly, therefore, could do more than save your teeth. It could also save your life.

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9 comments on “Benefits of Regular Dental Visits”

  • I love that this article pointed out that having regular dental exams can help you detect the early signs of cancer and other dangerous oral diseases. Something else I think that’s important about dental visits is that your dentist educates you. One of my most memorable experiences at the dentist was when my dentist explained how cavities form and fluoride works. Did you know fluoride is a base and that’s why it negates the affects of the acidic bacteria on your teeth?

  • It was great to know that by regularly visiting the dentist, the professional will be given the chance to examine the gums to determine whether or not it is still healthy. I am aware that I have sensitive gums since I was young, so I think I need to get myself a dentist right away. After all, I do not want to lose my teeth due to periodontal diseases in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  • I do appreciate it when you said that regular dental visits will allow a person to determine if their gums are still healthy and figure out what can be done in case it is having problems. I think now is the time for my start looking for a dentist, especially because my family has a history of periodontal diseases. Losing teeth is not my option, so I will do everything to keep my gums healthy. Thank you for sharing.

  • I like how you pointed out that seeing a dentist regularly is essential for cavity detection. You mentioned that proper brushing and flossing can help slow the process of cavity formation, but they can’t prevent it entirely. This alone would be reason enough for me to visit a dentist regularly.

  • Ken Hwan says:

    I really appreciate the tip to check not only for cavities in teeth, but also for disease in gums! My wife has been complaining of some mouth pain, and she regularly brushes her teeth. I will be sure to remind my wife to schedule an appointment with the dentist, since it might be a problem with her gums.

  • I loved it when you said that dental experts have the ability to track the signs of cavities while they are in their earliest stages so that they won’t get worse. To be honest, I do not even know what cavities look like and if they are visible to the naked eye. Because of this uncertainty, I think it is for the best that I hire a professional to work with my mouth. Thanks.

    • DentalInsurance.com says:

      Regular visits to the dentist can help keep those pearly white teeth pearly white for many years to come.

  • Thank you for pointing out that gum diseases are the leading causes of tooth loss in the US and that regularly visiting the dentist will prevent this from happening. The idea that more than a few of my friends have lost at least one of their teeth got me worried. Maybe I do need to find a dentist to help me out. I don’t want to lose any of my teeth after all.

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