Top 10 Benefits of Regular Dental Visits
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy entails more than brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits for a check-up and professional cleaning play an important part in oral healthcare and your overall wellbeing.
There was a time when many dentists concentrated on fixing problems instead of preventing them. Those days are long gone, and modern dentistry places a strong emphasis on preventive dental care, including regular examinations and cleaning.
It may be tempting to neglect regular dental visits because of a hectic lifestyle, but ensuring your teeth and gums are kept in good condition will avoid far more expensive procedures further down the line – good reason to show off your beaming smile!
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental visits every six months or as otherwise determined by your dentist. People with a high risk of dental disease who should see their dentist more often include women during pregnancy, smokers, diabetics and those with a low level of immunity to bacterial infection.
Here are 10 reasons why dental visits are important...
1. Early Detection of Dental Problems
Your dentist can detect issues you may be unaware of. Many dental issues – including gum disease, cavities and oral cancer – don’t cause pain or become visible until they are in advanced stages.
During a routine check-up, an experienced dentist will:
- Examine your gums. More than 50 per cent of people in the U.S. over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The gums can give clues to your overall health, and your dentist will look for any deep spaces between teeth and gums, which typically indicate gum disease (periodontitis) that can spread to vital organs of the body. An annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) is recommended by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) for all adults.
- Check for cavities. You may have a cavity without realizing it, perhaps between teeth. Detecting cavities early enables easier treatment, and can often save teeth that would otherwise be lost if decay progresses. Once decay works its way into tooth enamel, it can infect the soft pulp inside the tooth, and infection can spread to the root and into the bloodstream. Extensive decay can lead to a serious bacterial infection. Healthy teeth enable you to eat the types of food you need, while reducing the levels of harmful bacteria you swallow.
- Check for plaque and tartar accumulation. If plaque is allowed to build up, it forms tartar, which is impossible to remove by brushing and flossing, and can lead to cavities and gum disease. Your dental hygienist or dentist will use special tools to thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
- Examine your neck, throat, tongue and face. Looking at these areas enables your dentist to spot signs of potential problems such as cancer. More than 100 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed daily in the U.S. Early treatment significantly increases the chances of a successful outcome, but most oral cancers are not discovered until later stages.
2. Increasing Self-Esteem
Your smile can say a lot about you and performs an important role in creating a good impression as you interact with other people. Regular dental visits will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy but give you the confidence to show off your winning smile. The American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) says people with good smiles are perceived to be smarter than those with visible dental problems.
3. Building a Good Relationship with Your Dentist
You and your dentist are likely to be long-term partners in your oral healthcare, and regular dental visits help you to get to know your dentist better and establish good communication, which is key to the success of your relationship. If you are nervous about dental treatment, having regular check-ups can ease your anxieties as you get used to the routine and acclimatize yourself with the dental office environment.
4. Setting a Good Example for Your Kids
Research suggests that parents can unknowingly pass on dental anxieties to their children, and that if you show a negative attitude towards visiting the dentist, your kids will react in the same way. Maintaining a routine of regular dental visits will set a good example by showing your child that this is a normal part of oral healthcare.
5. Help with Sleep Problems
If you’re having problems getting a good night’s sleep, your dentist can refer you to a sleep specialist to determine whether you are suffering from sleep apnea, a common problem that occurs when there are pauses in breathing. If you’re diagnosed with the disorder, your dentist can provide a customized mouth guard to open the airway and eliminate snoring.
6. No Nasty Surprises
Communicating with your dentist during regular visits will give you a clear understanding of what, if any, treatment you require, and what will be covered by your dental insurance. This way, there will be no surprises with your treatment or your bill. If you don’t have dental insurance, you can ask your dentist about payment options.
7. Preventing Bad Breath
Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease or particles of food lodged in hard-to-reach places. Regular check-ups and professional teeth cleaning are the best way to prevent this problem.
8. Avoiding Teeth Loss
Advanced periodontitis can result in the destruction of bone that supports the teeth as plaque eats further into the roots of the teeth. A thorough cleaning during your regular dental visit, plus a good routine of brushing and flossing at home, will go a long way in keeping your teeth healthy.
9. Maintaining Overall Wellbeing
Oral health is linked to your overall health. Besides cancer, poor dental hygiene can result in issues such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis (fragile bones). An experienced dentist will have an in-depth understanding of how oral health affects the rest of your body.
10. Financial Benefits
People in the U.S. spend $100 billion a year on dental treatment. Preventive dentistry is far less expensive than restorative treatment – full-mouth dental implants can cost upward of $24,000 – and most dental insurance plans include two check-ups a year.
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