If you’re like most people, dental appointments aren’t high on your list of pleasurable activities. However, a significant amount of oral health issues can be circumvented have their progression slowed down by taking preventive measures — and this all starts with scheduling dental checkups on a regular basis. The following are just five of the many reasons to see your dentist for a checkup on a regular basis.
Tooth decay is probably the most common culprit when it comes to dental issues. It’s responsible for cavities, tooth enamel loss, and even tooth loss if its progression is allowed to continue unchecked. Your dentist will be able to detect early signs of tooth decay and devise a course of treatment designed to minimize the damage it may cause.
Your dentist may also provide you with a thorough screening for oral cancer. This consists of looking inside your mouth and on the lips for precancerous lesions and checking your lymph nodes for swelling and other signs of abnormality. Lifestyle risks of developing oral cancer include tobacco and heavy alcohol use.
X-rays may be given in order to check for cavities between the teeth and other possible issues that cannot be detected through a normal visual inspection. X-rays are also used to detect possible issues in the root structures of your teeth as well as the gum tissue.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that can result in serious health issues if it’s left undiagnosed. Fortunately, if it’s caught early enough, your dentist can prescribe a course of treatment that will help keep it from getting worse.
One of the most important parts of the dental checkup is having your teeth professionally cleaned. This helps remove plaque and tartar buildup, and the dentist will follow up by polishing your teeth.
Unless your dentist tells you otherwise due to specific circumstances or health conditions, you should plan on having a dental checkup once every six months. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup.