Why Dental Health Check Ups are so Important

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Do you know someone who never goes to the dentist? Maybe that someone is you. Dental professionals understand there are many different reason for not visiting the dentist, but it is still important to understand the significance of visiting the dentist regularly.

How often should you visit the dentist?
Adults and children should visit the dentist regularly. The average visit is every 6 months, but depending on your overall dental health and certain medical conditions, your dental team may want to see you more frequently.

It is important to remember that certain medical conditions and medications can have a major impact on our oral health. For instance, many medications cause dry mouth, dry mouth allows plaque formation to happen quickly and increase an individual’s risk for getting tooth decay and will need to see their dentist more often.

Why are dental checkups so important?
Many people that ignore the health of their mouth until a problem develops, but with new research showing the link between oral health and systemic health, visiting your dentistis more important than ever to prevent serious long-term effects.

Allowing gums to bleed
Bleeding gums are the first sign of infection. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, which is reversible, but the longer your gums bleed the chances of periodontal diseaseincreases. You may notice sore, red or bleeding gums. If left untreated, the bacteria enter the blood steam and travels to other parts of your body. Research shows that the bacteria from Periodontal disease puts patients at greater risk for respiratory disease, osteoporosis, heart disease and certain blood cancers. Visit www.perio.org for more information.

Tooth pain
Tooth pain often occurs from cavities forming. Waiting to treat a cavity till pain is involved usually leads to root canal treatment or possibly tooth loss. Regular dental check-ups will allow the dentist to identify decay at an earlier stage.

Overall, regular dental checkups decrease the chance for oral health problems from becoming serious. Catching decay early will save you money because the treatment will be less, which also means less time spent at the dentist to repair the problem.

If you or someone you know is in need of a dental checkup, call us today! Oakton Family Dentistry is here to make your dental visit comfortable and pain free.

References:
Associations between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases: A review of the inter-relationships and interactions with diabetes, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis
Kuo, Lan-Chen et al.
Public Health , Volume 122 , Issue 4 , 417 – 433