Regular Dental Checkups Can Protect Your Health As Well As Your Smile
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Sometimes it’s very easy to find a myriad of reasons to not visit your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup. Yet there are many more reasons why you definitely should take the time for these important visits that can not only protect your smile, but your overall health as well.
During your checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure that they are free of cavities or other problems. If cavities are caught when they are just getting started, they can be removed and filled before they cause severe damage to or completely destroy a tooth or even spread to the surrounding teeth. And if a tooth has become chipped or cracked, your dentist can identify the issue and correct it before it can cause pain or even break off and create additional challenges.
Your dentist will also check your gums to ensure that they are free of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Gum disease has very few, if any, symptoms before it gets to the point that it is doing damage to your teeth, gums and the bones that hold your teeth. But with a thorough examination, a dentist can diagnose this disease in its very early stages, which is important to your overall health because it is estimated that “80 percent of American adults” currently have some form of periodontal disease. And periodontal disease that is left to move into an infection has been found to be a risk factor in systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Your dentist will also screen for oral cancer, which could actually save your life because each year more than 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed worldwide and more that 7,500 deaths are caused annually from this disease. Yet when it is found and treated early, oral cancer can be controlled.
Along with making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and that there are no problems that can affect your overall health, your dental checkup is also a good time to talk to your dentist about teeth whitening, a smile makeover or any other aesthetic concerns you may have in regard to your teeth and your smile. With the dental technology of today, everyone can have a beautiful smile. Your dentist can go over all of the options that are available and recommend the ones that will work best for you.
Taking the time at least twice a year (and even more often if you have ongoing issues) to go to your dentist for routine checkups will also save you money because problems that are diagnosed and treated when they are in the beginning stages are much less expensive than those that have been allowed to develop into real issues.
So the next time you find yourself beginning to make excuses as to why you can’t schedule your routine dental checkup, think about the reasons you should…it can save you money, save your smile and just possibly save your life.