Why it is important to frequently visit the dentist

Why it is important to frequently visit the dentist

Visiting the dentist every six months may not be the appointment that you look forward to, but it is one of the most important ones to keep.

If you have found yourself wondering what the point of having regular dental check-ups and cleans is, we’ve got something for you to think about.

Oral issues can develop and progress extremely quickly, whether or not you notice them. Skipping a dental check-up because of cost or another factor like time or dental anxiety could ultimately cost you plenty in terms of your wallet and your peace of mind.

How often should you go to the dentist?

It is recommended to visit the dentist every six months or twice a year. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. That’s because your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel.

So are dental check-ups worth the effort?

Dentists and dental professionals are not only concerned with fixing teeth. They professionally clean your teeth, ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, and check for abnormalities that may otherwise go unnoticed and/or could be a sign of larger health issues. Dental professionals make sure that your bones are strong, and will help you correct any habits that may be sabotaging your oral health, among other things.

Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities

Even with the most diligent daily brushing and flossing, there are still small areas in the mouth that are missed. When plaque builds up here it becomes more difficult to remove, solidifying and turning into tartar, which is extremely difficult to get rid of without professional help.

Regular dental cleans prevent tartar from eroding teeth or creating holes in them, which is how cavities are created. A clean is also more affordable than getting a filling, so if money’s tight you should make sure not to miss the cleans!

Gum Disease

Plaque and tartar build-up can also erode the mouth’s gum tissues, leading to an infection known as gingivitis. As gingivitis progresses the tissue that attaches gums to the teeth breaks down.

Once it reaches this point it is officially gum disease. Along with the breakdown of gum tissue, gum disease also causes a breakdown of the bone that holds the teeth in place. At this point it is common to see teeth loosening or falling out altogether.

To avoid all of this, regular dental cleans are essential in catching and addressing gingivitis before it gets out of hand.

Oral Cancer Detection

Oral cancer is an extremely serious disease that manifests itself in various ways. Without knowing the signs of its early onset, oral cancer often goes undiagnosed, can quickly progress and becomes life threatening. Recognising oral cancer in its early stages is key in treating it successfully, and while you may not notice oral abnormalities, your dentist will.

Keeping Bad Habits in Check

There are some bad habits that can have a negative impact on your oral health, including some you may not expect: chewing ice, biting your nails, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, eating very sticky or hard sweets, brushing your teeth too hard, drinking coffee, red wine, and of course smoking.

When you go for regular dental check-ups, your dentist can check for any oral damage caused by these or other habits, as well as inform you about your lifestyle choices to prevent further damage.

Problems under the Surface

Another crucial part of visiting the dentist every six months is getting your teeth and jaw bone x-rayed. X-ray images allow dental professionals to see what is happening beneath the surfaces of your mouth, and can find and diagnose issues that may be invisible to the naked eye. Problems like this can include impacted teeth. These are growing teeth that are blocked from the surface.

Dental Check-up and Clean, Brisbane

Do you have any questions about regular dentist visits? Or, are you ready to book your check-up and clean? Call Sunnybank Dental to schedule your appointment today.