Why Dental Check-Ups Matter

It can be tempting to skip out on dental check-ups, especially if you don’t have any obvious problems with your teeth. Unfortunately, skipping appointments can actually lead to bigger and more expensive problems down the road. Here’s why you should never skip your dental check-ups:

– Small problems like cavities can turn into big problems when they aren’t discovered and treated early on. The result can be more expensive and more painful to correct and can lead to invasive treatments, like root canal surgery. Your dentist can also check for mouth and throat cancers and may be able to prevent major health problems.

– Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, but it can be detected before it escalates and treated during regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can help you learn how to prevent gum disease and can offer regular treatments to help reverse existing problems.

– Regular dental cleanings can help get rid of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. Plaque and tartar contribute to cavities, gum disease, and a host of other health problems, even those that are not directly related to your mouth. While brushing and flossing can help reduce the buildup of tartar, only your dental hygienist can safely remove all the tartar to prevent the long-term accumulation of tartar.

– Poor dental health can lead to additional health problems, such as heart disease. Your mouth is the gateway to your internal organs and your heart, kidneys, and liver are all affected by your oral health. If your mouth is harboring an infection or you suffer from gingivitis, bacteria can travel through your body and can cause a wide range of health issues. Regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and prevent such problems.

– Issues like halitosis or unsightly teeth can affect your confidence and social life. Studies show that people who suffer from bad breath or missing teeth often also suffer from depression and may even have difficulty finding a job or dating. Regular dental check-ups can help you reverse staining, prevent tooth loss, and monitor any developing issues that could affect your smile.

– You know that dental check-ups can help you maintain your oral health and prevent costly dental procedures down the road, but you may not realize everything your dentist can do to improve and maintain your oral health. Nightguards to prevent clenching and grinding, fluoride treatments to fortify your teeth, instruction and recommendations for home care, and other oral health benefits make your dental check-up a vital part of your overall health care plan.

If you can’t visit your dentist twice yearly, talk to your dentist about an alternative schedule that might work better for you. It is better to visit once every two years than to go 3 or more years without visiting a dentist. If you can’t afford a bi-annual dental check-up, talk to your dentist about dental insurance or payment plans.

Your dental check-ups are essential to your overall health and can improve your confidence and well-being in surprising ways. They can prevent costly dental procedures and tooth loss and allow you to detect and prevent problems before they become disastrous. Make a regular dental check-up one of your healthcare priorities and let us give you something to smile about!