Five Reasons Why It’s Important to Visit Your Dentist Regularly
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. It’s important to visit your dentist for regular screenings and cleanings. But have you ever asked why it’s so important? We’ll go through the reasons with you, here.
Preventing oral cancer
Regular dental check-ups are about more than just pearly-white smiles and fresh breath (but those are important, too!). The experts at Ayr Dental are often your first line of detection against oral cancer. Without early detection, oral cancer can spread quickly and become life threatening. But if it’s caught early, oral cancer is usually treated fairly easily. Your dentist is specially trained to recognize the early warning signs of oral cancer, so make sure to visit them often.
Even the most careful brushing and flossing routine still misses a few spots here and there. This gives the opportunity for plaque to build. If left too long, that plaque gets solid and turns into tartar, which is very difficult to remove. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can have any of that plaque and tarter removed before they begin to erode the teeth and cause cavities.
When plaque and tartar build up in your mouth, they effect more than just your teeth. This build-up can also cause an infection in your gums, mainly in the area where the gums hit the teeth. These infections can cause a disease called gingivitis, when the gums separate away from the teeth. As gingivitis progresses, the tissue that connects the gums to the teeth breaks down, turning into gum disease.
Finding hidden problems
Every now and then your dentist will have x-rays done on your mouth and jaw to make sure everything is healthy beneath the surface. This gives the dental care team a close-up look at any problems that aren’t easily visible. Problems could include impacted teeth, cavities, tooth decay, cysts or even tumours. These x-rays are an important step to ensuring that small problems don’t quickly turn into large problems.
That fresh feeling
Is there any feeling better than walking away from your dental appointment with a freshly brushed, flossed and polished mouth? Having your teeth cleaned regularly is not only a great way to keep your oral health in-check, but it also feels great, freshens your breath, and gives you confidence to smile big and bright.
Get started today by booking an appointment with the oral care experts at Ayr Dental.