TOP 5 REASONS THAT REGULAR DENTAL VISIT IS A GOOD IDEA !
Many of us avoid going to dentist for regular check-ups or rather some of us has never been to dentist before. Reasons could be many, be it fear or lack of awareness or thinking that their teeth don’t have any problem or financial constraints. Whatever is the reason, visiting your dentist TWICE A YEAR should be on your appointment diary. Here are top 5 reasons why regular dental checkups are absolute must.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE:
During your regular check-ups your dentist will be able to check for conditions in the mouth that may put you at risk of developing any tooth decay, gum disease, etc.
Even with two time regular brushing and flossing, calculus or tartar gets deposited on tooth surface, (especially in areas where brush bristles are not able to reach) which is precursor for most of the dental problems. Hence professional cleaning and polishing is the only way to remove these mineralized tenacious deposits.
In a caries susceptible mouth, preventive coating or sealants can be applied on tooth surface to prevent any future decay
Other risk factors like dry mouth, improper position of teeth, faulty or irritating tooth fillings and dentures, partially impacted wisdom tooth, missing teeth, etc. may be identified and corrected.
AVOIDING DENTAL EMERGENCIES:
During regular dental check up, dentist can recognize early signs of caries, gum diseases and even oral cancers.
Therefore, initial signs of cavity can be reversed by remineralization of enamel and fluoride application. If left unnoticed and untreated can lead to advancement of cavity to nerve of tooth requiring RCT ( root canal treatment ) or sometimes tooth structure can be so much damaged that extraction is only the viable option.
Similarly, in case of gum diseases if noticed early can be treated only with scaling and root planning which can prevent surgeries.
In cases where tooth removal is done long time back, bone starts to loss due to disuse atrophy, this can be prevented by rehabilitation of the lost tooth with Dental Implant or Denture).
Also, early diagnosis of oral cancer can prevent its spread and increase the survival rate .
SAVE TIME: Getting a filling or a cleaning will save not only money, but will also ‘cost’ less time. Simple fillings and cleanings usually take under 45 minutes, while a root canal can take as long as 2.5 hours! Also, some surgeries require multiple visits, while preventive care can normally be done in one.
SAVE MONEY: Regular dental check-ups can help you save money of your dental expenses! Treatments for early stages of oral health problems are simple and less expensive. Treating a dental problem in its advanced stage will require complicated procedures and will cost you more too. A simple filling or scaling will any day cost you much lesser than a root canal treatment or surgery.
SAVE YOUR LIFE: During your routine dental check-up, your dentist is not just concerned about saving your teeth. He/she may look for important clues from your mouth about your overall health like nutritional deficiencies, stress, measles, eating disorder, etc.Certain signs and symptoms in the mouth could help detect conditions elsewhere in the body. Cancers that may be recognized include skin cancer, cancer of the jaw bone, thyroid cancer Kaposi’s sarcoma, HPV infection. Even early signs of HIV are mostly found in oral cavity. Moreover, diseases of gums and teeth have been linked to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, pancreatic cancer, low weight baby and many more.
So, don’t just wait for tooth pain to occur to go to dentist. Avoid making any excuses and set an appointment with your dentist soon. As a bright, beautiful and healthy smile can do wonders for your self-esteem.