Proper maintenance goes beyond simply brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. Regular checkups with your dentist are essential and the number of visits per year vary per patient. So why are these checkups so important? Although dental checkups don’t take long, there are so many benefits to having them regularly.
Maintaining Good Health
Regular checkups are how your dentist detects any potential problems that you may not be aware of. Your dentist does more than check your teeth, mouth, tongue, and gums. They will also check your neck, head, throat, and lymph nodes as they can often detect signs of swelling or other potentially troubling diseases including cancer. Some problems go beyond noticeable symptoms and may require an x-ray for detection. The more frequent your checkups, chances are greater to detect any issue in its early stages. The longer you go without a checkup, untreated problems may be more difficult to correct.
Keeping Bad Habits in Check
Checkups can also bring bad habits to light that may be affecting oral health. Examples include brushing your teeth too hard, biting your nails, clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, chewing on ice, eating sticky or hard sweets, drinking coffee and red wine, and smoking. Altering your lifestyle away from some of these habits can greatly improve oral health.
Keeping Your Smile Bright and White
The cleaning that follows your checkup helps to remove plaque, tartar, and stains caused by tobacco, coffee, tea, wine, and other products.
Stopping Tooth Decay or Loss
Cavities rarely give a warning sign and only ache once the damage has been done. Poor oral hygiene can lead to advanced gum disease where plaque can lead to damaging the roots or the supporting bone. Regular dental checks can prevent these worst case scenarios.
Control Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors—bad oral hygiene, lodged food in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, or gum disease. Your dentist can help reign in the bad breath and uncover its underlying cause.
So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t visited your dentist in the past six months, call and schedule an appointment today.