Regular dental visits are not just “cleanings” like we seem to think they are. Going to a dentist regularly has many long-term and short-term health benefits that people are not always aware of.
Regular visits to your dentist allow them to do many things:
The inspection and detection of cavities early.
Cavities are decayed areas of teeth that lead to small, painful holes or openings. Regular dental visits can let dentists catch cavities before they develop or early on (where they will cost less to treat).
Catch gum disease before it develops.
Many people with gum disease (also called periodontitis) rarely are aware they have it. It is brought on by a build-up of plaque, and bacteria caused by it, between teeth, which can result in the loss of teeth and infection to other parts of the body.
They check for early stages of oral cancer.
Cancer is best treated right away, and to treat it early you have to catch it early. Your dentist will check for signs of throat or mouth cancer and other issues. This is especially important if you smoke or use tobacco products.
Catch dry mouth or bad breath.
A dentist can catch and treat oral or other conditions that cause dry mouth or bad breath. Because everyone wants at least one person to actually tell them their breath smells!
Review your oral hygiene with you.
The dentist and hygienist can build and correct your dental hygiene habits.
Protect your overall health.
Research has found links between gum disease, heart disease and diabetes.
Regular dental appointments (about every 6 months) are essential to proper oral health but also general health issues that you may be unaware of. Contact a dentist in Hamilton or your local dentist to take care of your oral and overall health and wellbeing.