A regular dental check-up is important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional. If you’re doubting the importance of that next checkup, consider these 5 reasons why getting a regular dental checkup is important.
Keep teeth clean
Even the most diligent brusher and flosser will miss spaces that are simply too hard to reach. Having your teeth professionally cleaned ensures that all parts of your mouth are free from bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar which can contribute to damaging your smile.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer isn’t easily detectable by the average person, especially in its early stages. Your dentist is highly trained to recognize signs and symptoms of oral cancer, and with regular dental checkups every six months, the likelihood of catching oral cancer before it becomes serious is dramatically higher. Recognizing oral cancer early is pertinent to successfully treating it.
Squashing bad habits
Part of the checkup process at Quince Orchard Dental Care is education. Many people are guilty of practicing bad habits that are detrimental to their teeth without even knowing it. At our dental checkups, we take the time to educate you on how habits such as chewing ice, biting your nails, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, eating particularly sticky or hard sweets, brushing your teeth too hard, drinking coffee and red wine, and smoking are affecting your teeth and what you can do about it.
Plaque and tartar buildup not only cause tooth decay but can also erode the mouth’s gum tissues. This happens when tartar buildup causes an infection where the gum is connected to the tooth, making the gum pull away from the tooth. This infection is known as gingivitis and as it progresses the tissue that attaches gums to the teeth breaks down. Regular dental checkups will allow gingivitis to be spotted and treated early.
Spot potential problems early
After your cleaning, the dentist will conduct an examination, checking for cavities or other problems. Tooth decay is easier to treat at its earliest stages. Once a cavity tears into the enamel, it can inflame the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside each tooth. From there, an infection can spread to the root. In extreme cases, extensive decay can lead to a serious bacterial infection.
Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. At Quince Orchard Dental Care, we are a complete health practice which means that we believe oral health is only part of good overall health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional, certified dentists.