Whether it be due to work obligations, family responsibilities, or lacking benefits, most people do not visit the dentist as often as they should. It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a checkup once every 6 to 8 months to confirm that your teeth and gums are healthy and if they are not to make arrangements to address the issues. Having regular checkups at your dentist offers many benefits ranging from having a fantastic smile to even saving your life. Below are some of the advantages to maintaining a consistent schedule at your dentist.
1. Healthy teeth and gums
An obvious reason to have regular dentist checkups is to check your teeth and gums for any signs of oral disease. Plaque build-up around your gums contains bacteria that can cause decay and inflammation that leads to periodontal disease. As this plaque moves deeper into the roots of your teeth, damage can be caused that may lead to your teeth falling out on their own or needing to be removed. Regular visits to the dentist allow for x-rays to be taken to determine overall health of your teeth. Your teeth can be cleaned properly to prevent cavities and any gum disease from progressing to the point of teeth removal.
2. Check for serious illness
Many people think that dentists are only able to address the overall health of your teeth and gums but what a lot of people do not know is they can also check for symptoms of advanced illnesses that can result in death. It is estimated that 120 different diseases can produce symptoms in your mouth. Regular checkups can identify these so you can seek medical assistance if needed. It is also estimated that people who maintain regular schedules at the dentist reduce their risk of heart disease by one-third. A dentist can also identify anomalies associated with oral cancer and order additional tests if diabetes is suspected of causing poor overall oral health.
You may think that as long as you brush and floss regularly, your teeth will be in great shape and you do not need to visit a dentist. But regular cleanings at a dentist will get rid of plaque that leads to cavities, decay, and gum disease that brushing and flossing may not always be able to prevent. Cleanings can remove stains and buildup from such things as wine, coffee, and tobacco, leaving your smile white and healthy-looking. During your cleaning a hygienist will often review recommended brushing techniques to ensure you are doing everything you can to maintain good oral health.
4. Prevent or help bad breath
Halitosis means bad breath and it can be very embarrassing in situations like an office meeting, job interview, or date. This condition can be caused by gum disease, poor dental hygiene, food lodged in areas not easily visible, or an underlying illness. Regular checkups can allow your teeth to be cleaned to treat halitosis and check for any causes of the bad breath. This in turn will prevent any embarrassment in social situations and increase your self-confidence.