Practicing good oral hygiene is a great way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately even brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly does not guarantee you will not have to deal with oral diseases. The most important step is routine dental checkups.
The combination of good oral hygiene and regular dental visits is the best way to ensure you do not have to worry about oral diseases. If you still think you do not need to see a dentist for regular checkups, here are a few reasons why you should.
Reasons for a dental checkup
Gets rid of plaque and tartar buildup
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. But, even after a thorough brushing, there is still some plaque left on the surface of your teeth. This plaque hardens and turns into tartar, which is responsible for causing gum disease.
When you go to your dentist for regular checkups, your dentist will clean your teeth with a solution that is rich in fluoride. Fluoride is also known as the cavity killer. The fluoride helps to get rid of the plaque and tartar you were unable to remove while brushing and will prevent you from getting cavities. Going to the dentist twice a year helps to protect both your teeth and your gums.
Early detection of gum disease
Regular visits to your dentist help you stay ahead of oral problems that you may have. This is because your dentist will be able to pick up signs of oral diseases during your examination. If your dentist notices a hole in your tooth, they can easily fix the problem with dental fillings, treating it before it becomes a bigger problem.
A routine examination by your dentist can help spot general health problems that you did not know that you had. Diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes can be spotted during a dental checkup. If you go to your dentist regularly, they will be able to pick up signs of the disease, allowing you to start getting treatment early and improving your chance of beating it.
Prevention of bad habits
People have a lot of bad habits that contribute to the decay of their oral health. Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes can stain your teeth. Even though most people know that, they continue to drink coffee and use tobacco products. Biting your fingernails and grinding your teeth while you sleep is also bad for your teeth, but people continue to do it. If you have any of these habits, your dentist will educate you on the dangers of the habits during your checkup and provide tips on how to stop the habits.
Going for regular dental checkups is very important if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also important to your general health, which is why you should try to see your dentist at least twice a year. Even if you practice good oral health, dental checkups will improve your oral health.
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