Regular dental exams are a crucial part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums; healthy teeth and gums that then go on to support overall health.
Still, plenty of us shy away from the idea of visiting the dentist, whether because of fear of pain, dislike of the dental chair, or because dental visits can be inconvenient.
While this is a common practice, at Main Beach Dental we’d like to emphasize that skipping dental visits can be very bad for your oral and overall health.
Skipping dental visits can put your at risk of dental problems as well as some kinds of general illness including heart disease.
The importance of regular checkups
Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. Gum infections and periodontal disease is related to heart disease, stroke and preterm and/or low birth weight. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings can prevent these and many other health problems.
Regular professional dental teeth cleaning and dental exams can keep you healthier and looking better. Some of the most important reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis are:
To prevent gum disease. Gum disease is infection of tissues surrounding your teeth, and one of the largest causes of bone loss if untreated. In addition, there is some evidence that gum disease can lead to heart and inflammatory diseases. Regular dental cleanings and good home care are main factors in preventing gum disease.
To help detect oral cancer. Early diagnosis of oral cancer is crucial in improving of treatment outcomes of cancer. During routine dental screening you are screened for oral cancer.
A healthy smile. When you have a beautiful smile, you feel more confident and satisfied with your life, and studies show that a great smile improves your social life, opens up career opportunities, and makes people more likely to think you are attractive. Regular dental cleanings help you to get and keep a healthy smile.
Overall good oral health. Regular dental visits help your hygienist to follow your oral health and track it against previous results. On these visits, your dentist and hygienist will look closely for any issues with your teeth and gums, and it is well known that all problems when detected early are a lot easier and less expensive to treat and have a better prognosis.
To help maintain good overall health. A healthy mouth is good for your general health. Oral bacteria can actually carry infection to other parts of your body. Pregnant women may be at particular risk. If necessary, your dentist may ask you to return more frequently for gum disease treatment. Also, some non-dental conditions have oral symptoms. A dental examination can reveal signs of vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis, or more serious conditions such as diabetes.
Research has demonstrated a relationship between poor oral health and chronic inflammatory diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and premature birth and low birth weight. When oral bacteria and inflammation are kept under control, the positive effects cascade throughout the entire body.
Freshening your breath. No one likes to have bad breath or to smell someone else’s bad breath. Good oral hygiene, including regular dental checkups, is the best way to prevent bad breath. While flossing and brushing help tremendously, food still gets trapped in the mouth and bacteria builds up that needs to be removed to avoid bad breath.
Upkeep of existing dental work. Dental work is not cheap – it’s an investment in your life. Which is why at every checkup your dentist inspects any existing dental work to make sure that everything is still in place, functional, and that no additional work is needed. If a filling does need to be filled again or a crown replaced, your dentist will recommend it after a regular checkup.
Money! Last, but not least, a regular checkup can be good for your bottom line. Identifying and treating minor problems like cavities early on can spare you the time and expense of more complicated dentistry procedures such as a tooth extraction or root canal.
And remember, in some cases, regular visits are not enough. Visit your Main Beach dentist immediately if:
- Gums bleed often or pull away from your teeth
- Teeth are loose or separating
- You see red or white patches on gums, tongue, or mouth floor
- Mouth or jaw pain persists
- Mouth sores don’t heal in two weeks
- You have problems swallowing or chewing
Dental Care at Main Beach Dental
At Main Beach Dental your dental health is important to us. We provide gentle, expert care for all conditions and work to prevent disease, decay, and too many dentist appointments in the future. Our commitment to our patients is dental health for a lifetime!