Why Go to the Dentist Every Six Months If My Teeth Don’t Hurt?
Do you need to see a dentist before you have a toothache? Most definitely! To maintain good oral health you should see the dentist every six months. Let’s take a look at how regular trips to the dentist can improve your overall health.
Remove plaque buildup
No matter how well you brush your teeth, some plaque builds up and needs professional scraping to remove. This plaque harbors bacteria that can cause cavities, gum disease and even heart disease.
Polish Your Teeth for a Brighter Smile
By having your teeth professionally cleaned, the plaque will be removed along with some of the staining caused by coffee, tea and tobacco. After the teeth are cleaned, they will be polished giving you a whiter, brighter smile and great feeling teeth. Go ahead, run your tongue over your teeth and see how good they feel!
Check for Gum Disease
Plaque at your gum line can irritate and infect your gums causing gum disease which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. If caught early gum disease can be treated in the dentist office, but advanced gum disease may require surgery.
Catch Problems Early
Catch problems with your teeth and gums early before they become much more costly emergencies or complex issues. Small cavities are easy to fill but, left untreated, the cavity can eat deep enough to affect the dentin and pulp of the tooth requiring a root canal and a crown or possibly removal of the tooth. Loose fillings can be replaced.
Look for Signs of Medical Problems
Some medical problems have an effect on your oral health during their early stages. During regular checkups your dentist can alert you to symptoms you have that may have a medical reason. Diabetes, leukemia, heart or kidney disease, oral or pancreatic cancer, and impending stroke are some of the medical conditions that may show early warning signs in your mouth.
Check for oral cancers
During your exam the dentist will check your tongue and mouth for any spots that could indicate an oral cancer. Early detection and treatment of oral cancers can be lifesaving!
Keep Your Natural Teeth
By preventing gum disease and tooth decay and taking care of problems early, you greatly improve your chances of keeping as many of your natural teeth as possible as you age.
When was your last dental exam and cleaning? Give Patriot Dental a call today and schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!