Why Dental Checkups Are Important
Do you only go to the dentist when you have a problem? If you answered yes, you’re not the only one. Often, people only schedule dental visits when they have a problem like a toothache or chipped tooth. But, visiting the dentist on a regular basis is important.
- Oral Cancer Screening
One of the things your dentist will do at a visit is screen for oral cancer. Many people are not aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and without having an expert look for it, it may go undetected.
- Check for and Treat Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities
Even if you are an expert brusher and flosser, you may still find that plaque is building up on your teeth or that cavities have developed.
If plaque is allowed to build upon your teeth it becomes tartar and can be extremely difficult to remove.
Additionally, cavities can go undetected until they cause toothaches or become infected which can require extensive treatment.
Regular checkups at the dentist will ensure that you receive a deep cleaning and that your dentist can keep an eye on any spots in your mouth that may require observation.
- Watch for Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease can often go undetected. But if left untreated can have serious consequences including tooth loss. This can put a big dent in your wallet while regular dental checkups can prove to be cost-effective in preventing serious dental issues.
- Take X-Rays to Find Unseen Issues
Your dentist will also take x-rays occasionally. These x-rays are important to look for problems that may not be visible.
Good dental hygiene starts at home, but don’t forget to schedule regular checkups with your dentist. They will work with you to prevent serious problems from arising and keep your mouth healthy.