Maintaining your oral health should be a part of your overall general well-being. But do you consider it as important as your overall health? The benefits of having regular dental checkups are immense. Besides helping diagnose and manage common oral diseases, routine exams help detect other conditions that can impact your overall health.
Here are six reasons why you should consider going for a checkup at least twice a year:
Early detection of oral cancer has been found to reduce the mortality rate from the disease significantly, say most studies. Regular dental visits allow for a thorough examination of your mouth and throat by a professional dentist. They would be able to identify any suspicious changes that might indicate the presence of cancer.
Moreover, dentists are often privy to signs and symptoms that people tend not to notice on their own, like sores, red patches, or lumps in the mouth, which may need further investigations.
Gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis can cause serious damage to your teeth and surrounding tissues. Gum disease also has links to certain systemic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Routine dental exams and professional cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup, which provides a healthy environment for the gums to grow back.
Dental health is a holistic matter. Damage to your teeth and gums may result in other conditions that can affect the rest of your mouth as well as internal organs, which you may not notice right away. Scaling and deep cleaning procedures remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth.
A professional dental examination allows your dentist to screen other parts of your mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks, and palate, for any signs of injury or damage which you may not be aware of.
Looking good is always linked to feeling confident about yourself. Cosmetic dentistry has made amazing strides over the years providing highly effective treatments that give you a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Ask your dentist about the various treatment options available for achieving a sparkling white smile and dazzling good looks!
Regular dental consultations allow you to take proactive measures to improve your oral health and reduce the risk of other serious health conditions. Your dentist provides a thorough evaluation of your current gum and teeth health and recommends preventive measures such as fluoride treatment, sealants, dietary changes, or brushing techniques.
A dental checkup is not complete without a professional dental X-ray of your teeth and jaw, which helps identify any hidden problems in the early stages. With advancements in digital radiography and intraoral X-ray systems, the risk of radiation exposure has been greatly reduced.
Also, all radiographs taken during dental exams are developed in minutes and can be viewed instantaneously by your dentist, which allows for prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Greenwood, IN, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Austgen. Please call us at (317) 885-6400 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.