When life is busy and you already have more on your plate than you may feel like you can handle, it may be hard to schedule regular dentist checkups. But finding the time is well worth it.
One of the best ways you can keep your mouth healthy is by regularly visiting the dentist. The American Dental Academy recommends visiting the dentist every six months. During those appointments several things will happen that keep your mouth healthy until your next six month checkup. Here are five important reasons why you need to see your dentist regularly.
#1. Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities
During your routine dental appointments, your dentist will check for and remove plaque, tartar, and cavities. Even if you never miss a session of brushing and flossing, it’s natural for plaque and tartar to build up, especially in those hard to reach areas. Once plaque and tartar have taken hold in your mouth, it is all too easy for those cavities to show up. Cavities start small, but can quickly grow until they lead to bigger problems. The easiest way to avoid major dental operations is to regularly visit your dentist to check for plaque, tartar, and cavities and to address these issues as soon as possible.
#2. Gum Disease
Besides plaque, tartar, and cavities, gum disease is also something you want to avoid — and can by regularly visiting your dentist. With gum disease comes the breakdown of tissue and even the bone that holds teeth in place. Before you start to lose teeth, remember that seeing your dentist regularly can keep gum disease in check or prevent it from happening in the first place.
#3. Detect Other Problems
The previously mentioned tooth decay and infection usually have symptoms. You’ll see swelling, experience bad breath, or have tooth sensitivity. But there are some issues that are hard to see just by looking at your mouth. That’s why visiting your dentist and receiving a regular x-ray exam will help to avoid any other problems that may remain hidden over time.
#4. Head, Neck and Lymph Node Check
You may not realize it, but besides just checking the inside of your mouth, your dentist will also check your head, neck, and lymph nodes. Your dentist will check for any swelling, lumps, or abnormalities that may be signs of a bigger issue.
#5. Keep Bad Habits in Check
Chewing ice, biting your nails, and eating hard, sticky candies are not good for your teeth. When you do these things you may not even realize you are doing damage to your teeth! But your dentist will be able to see the damage, and can help you correct the bad habit. Your dentist can also help to correct the damage that has already been done.
Regularly visiting your dentist is important, and it’s important to go to a dentist you can trust. At Crawford Leishman Dental we can help prevent and correct any of your dental needs. Visit us soon, and don’t forget to come back in six months!