The Importance of Regular Dentist Visits
We know we’re probably preaching to the choir, but regular dentist visits are necessary for dental health, as well as your general health.
Your gums and teeth depend on you flossing and brushing, respectively. Getting a checkup at least twice a year is one of the most important ways of ensuring that you’re doing what you need to do.
A typical dental visit is pretty straight-forward. Dental cleaning is one of the main parts of it. Your dentist will also check your teeth, gums, and mouth for broken teeth, gum disease, loose teeth, tooth decay, and damaged teeth. You’ll also probably get a dental X-ray for your bite and jaw. Your cleaning will be simple, including polishing and flossing. Plaque, tartar, and stains can be treated during a typical cleaning. They’ll examine your bite, tongue, tissues, fillings, and any dental appliances you might have.
A gleaming smile can help your self-esteem, which is good for your general sense of well-being. But that’s not all it can do for you!
If you get bacteria from gum disease, you can actually spread that infection to other places in your body! Pregnant women need to be more aware of this issue and may need to go to the dentist more often for gum-disease treatment.
Going to the dentist can also reveal other conditions that may show symptoms in your mouth. Diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, oral cancer, and osteoporosis can be apparent to your dentist, so they can help you know when you need to head to a doctor. Your dentist will also check your lymph nodes, jaw, neck, and face for signs of other problems.
It can also save you money in the long run! Regular dentist visits can help you discover cavities and other problems early on so that you don’t have to deal with complicated and/or painful procedures and multiple extra appointments.
If you don’t like the ideas of fillings, root canals, drills, and other painful things, then you should go to the dentist more, not less! Going to the dentist more often can help you prevent those problems in the first place. If you can push past your dental anxiety to get appointments at least twice a year, you’re less likely to need to deal with the scary, painful possibilities.
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