By Samuel Addison
Truth be told, your teeth need the same amount of attention and TLC you’re giving your body.
In essence, a regular visit to your dentist will not only help maintain optimal oral health, but will also assist in sustaining your overall health as well.
What happens during a dental exam?
During a dental check-up, your dentist assesses your teeth, gums and mouth. Also, presence of cavities, plaque build-ups, broken fillings and tooth sensitivities will be looked into.
Additionally, you will be checked if you are suffering from bleeding gums, which is often a prominent sign of gingivitis. Furthermore, your cheeks, tongue, palate and other areas of your mouth will also be examined to ensure no unusual or suspicious inflammation is present.
Typically, you will also be asked about your general health and if you have complaints since your last visit.
Ideally, you will also be given advice on how to keep your mouth healthy, including what foods to eat, what oral hygiene routine to religiously follow and what detrimental oral habits to avoid. Also, you will be informed when your next visit is due.
What are the benefits of routine dental visits?
Prevent oral cancer
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, at least one person dies from oral cancer every hour of the day. While it’s true that it can be diagnosed easily, mortality rate is still high because the condition is usually discovered late.
As a safety precaution, most dentists will not only perform oral prophylaxis during a check up but will also include screening as part of the standard routine to detect if malignant cells are present.
Prevent gum disease
Gum (periodontal) disease is known as one of the leading causes of tooth loss in many adults. Most of these diseases are bacterial infections caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless and bacterial-filled film that sticks to the teeth.
When addressed immediately, gingivitis and other gum infections are easily treated. Suffice it to say; early treatment should be given at all times so any dental condition will not escalate.
Avoid dental emergencies
Since most dentists can very well detect any signs of teeth or gum-related problems, regular dental exams can effortlessly spare you from the excruciating pain of tooth sensitivity and aches.
However, if you don’t give your dental health the attention it deserves, chances are you will be left with costly alternatives such as root canals, surgeries and implants.
Save your teeth
As gum disease escalates, the pockets can grow deeper. This will enable plaque to go deep down the tooth’s root, wreaking havoc to the supporting bone in the process. Once this occurs, teeth might loosen and will likely fall out eventually.
However, the scenario can be easily avoided provided you observe good oral hygiene and pay your dental professional a regular visit.
Maintain overall health
According to the research, people who suffer from gum diseases are known to be more predisposed to heart conditions.
Gum diseases that are due to extended bacterial exposure increases the inflammation level of the body. And since inflammation is a huge risk factor of most heart diseases, people with periodontal infections become more susceptible to heart attacks and other heart-related problems.
Taking all the benefits into account, it’s easy to see scheduling a regular visit to the dentist is one of the best things you can ever do, not just for your teeth but also your overall health in general.
– Samuel Addison is a professional content writer with over 8 years of experience both in writing and internet marketing. Samuel started having interest in cosmetic dentistry when he himself undergone a dental operation 3 years ago.