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Why is a Dental Check-Up Necessary?
The idea of visiting the dentist’s office for a dental check-up is hardly the most exciting part of anyone’s day. However, the appointment is important because there are risks associated with skipping the appointment. Establishing an excellent oral health routine is an important preventive measure against oral health issues. Aside from cleaning the mouth properly, the dentist also needs to be able to examine the mouth from time to time to ensure everything is in order.
The importance of a dental check-up
The smile’s aesthetics is not the only important thing to worry about. The health of teeth and gums is important as well. The following are some of the important reasons why regular dental check-ups are vital for everyone:
Prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums
Despite one’s diligence in brushing and flossing their teeth, it is easy to miss certain parts of the mouth, especially the hard-to-reach areas between the front teeth and the back teeth. These areas tend to harbor plaque and bacteria easily. The plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed without the dentist’s help. During the routine check-up, the dental cleaning performed helps to clean the tartars off the teeth before they cause cavities.
Prevent the development of gum disease
Plaque and tartar accumulation does not only cause tooth decay–but also damages the gum tissues. Gum disease starts when tartar buildup results in inflammation and infection, leading to gradual gum recession. Gum disease is known as gingivitis in its early stages, and as it progresses, the gum tissues supporting the teeth start to break down, which may lead to loose or lost teeth. To prevent these occurrences, regular dental check-ups and cleaning vital for detecting and treating gum disease.
Early oral cancer detection
Oral cancer is a major health condition that can present itself in different symptoms. During the exam, the dentist will check for early signs and symptoms to make an early diagnosis. Successful treatment is possible if the condition is treated in its early stages. Going for regular dental check-ups increases the chances of timely diagnosis since the dental professional is trained to detect oral cancer.
Discover underlying health issues
A dental X-ray is sometimes included as part of the dental examination. The X-ray image provides detailed information regarding structures under the surfaces and issues invisible to the naked eye that may not even show any symptom. It is easier and cost-effective to treat developing issues before they become serious and require invasive treatment.
Curb bad oral habits
Patients who indulge in harmful oral health habits like teeth grinding, jaw clenching, ice chewing, smoking, and excess alcohol intake need to visit a dental office regularly. Dentists can educate them on the harmful effects of the habits and recommend ways to stop the habit.
It helps if you are proactive about your oral health. Visiting the general dentist regularly is a good way to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental issues. Even if you have a good home oral care routine, you can still benefit from an appointment with the dentist.
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