When was the last time you visited your dentist for a cleaning and checkup? If you regularly brush your teeth and have not been experiencing any oral pain, you might think that professional dental care is really not that important. If you have that perspective, however, you could be heading for disaster. Let’s discuss four reasons why regular visits to your dentist are vital for your oral and overall well-being.
Oral Health Problems Are Sneaky
Many oral health problems do not call a lot of attention to themselves until they become quite serious. For example, you may not be aware of a cavity until it penetrates to the inner layers of your teeth, and it is all too easy to ignore the first subtle signs of gum disease. Regular checkups will help you catch such issues early on and get them treated before they lead to the need for an extensive (and expensive) dental procedure.
Your Mouth Might Not Be as Clean as You Think
If you have a good brushing and flossing routine, you deserve a big pat on the back. However, as much as you work to keep your mouth clean, you might be missing a spot or two. Any plaque that remains on your teeth for too long will turn into tartar, which is impossible to remove with a regular toothbrush. Only a professional can get rid of it.
Your Mouth Is a Window Into Your Overall Health
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, over 90 percent of systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. When your dentist is examining your mouth, they might alert you to the potential that something else is wrong in your body. For example, diabetes and AIDS may present themselves with oral lesions. Acid erosion on the teeth can point to digestive problems. Osteoporosis might affect your jaw and lead to loose teeth. If your dentist notices such issues, they will encourage you to visit your primary care practitioner for further testing.
Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
Just like what is happening throughout your body can affect your mouth, what happens in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue, might not seem like a big deal at first. However, if it is left untreated, it can contribute to cardiovascular disease. It has also been linked to diabetes, preterm birth, and other serious conditions. Catching and fighting gum disease while it is still in its early stages is vital for your long-term well-being.
Professional dental care is extremely important! If it has been a while since your last visit to your dentist, now is the right time to schedule an appointment.
About the Authors
Here at Advanced Dentistry in Coronado, Drs. Suzanne Popp and Natalie Bailey fully understand the importance of oral health. They are a mother-daughter dental team with many years of combined experience. They offer a wide range services, from routine checkups to complex procedures. To learn more about them and how they can help you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy smile, contact our team at (619) 435-4444.