04 Feb 3 Reasons Why You Should See Your Dentist More Regularly
Having to visit the dentist every six months may not be the appointment we all look forward to, but it is certainly one of the most important ones to upkeep. Prevention and early detection are two of the most important reasons you should visit your dentist more often than not!
If you feel like skipping an appointment because of the cost factor or dental anxiety, it’s important to also weigh up the long-term risks of doing so. What you might be up for later is likely be more costly to your wallet and peace of mind if you leave your dental health unchecked for a longer period. Below are just three of the most important reasons you should visit the dentist regularly:
1. Early Oral Cancer Detection
Oral cancer may not be found until it is relatively advanced because it often flies under the radar without any pain or symptoms. Without knowing the signs of its early onset, it can progress quickly and in some cases become life threatening. It is a potentially fatal disease that can affect anyone from young adults right through to the elderly. But thankfully, an early stage oral cancer diagnosis is often easily treatable!
Your dentist will be able to perform an oral cancer screening which involves carefully examining your mouth and neck for any abnormalities. During a check-up, dentists will also provide patients with information about the links between cancer risk and lifestyle behaviours, which is a key first step in effective cancer prevention.
2. Gum Disease
Gum disease is a lot more prevalent than you might think! Plaque and tartar buildup not only cause tooth decay but can also erode the mouth’s gum tissues. If you’re seeing blood in the sink on a regular basis, that’s not normal! If you notice any kind of swelling, bleeding, or soreness in the mouth it is always worth flagging with your dentist in regular check ups so they can address and diagnose any issues early on. This helps to avoid painful and costly treatments in the long run.
3. Cavities, Plaque and Tartar Build-up
Even the most avid brushers and flossers can face plaque build up. Some smaller areas in the mouth can be deceiving and hard to reach! And when plaque builds up here, it gets more and more difficult to remove, which can result in solidifying and plaque turning into tartar. Without professional help, tartar is almost impossible to eliminate. This can result in tooth erosion and holes, often painfully, which then have to be fixed and filled.
With regular check ups, cavities can be spotted early on and plaque can be taken care of before it becomes destructive and costly to your dental health.