Visits to the dentist two times each year aren’t appointments that most people look forward to. However, it is necessary to keep these appointments.
There are many reasons why people skip these checkups.
Some feel anxious with the thought of visiting the clinic while others don’t have the time. At times, cost becomes an issue for some people. But we at Luck Dental Clinic know from experience that patients must consider various risks related to these lapses. The dental problems you might end up suffering from and paying for down the track can result in more trouble and expense for you.
Aspects to Consider
Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t skip your dental checkups:
1. Regular Cleanings
Even when you brush and floss diligently, some areas of the mouth remain neglected. Plaque buildup ultimately solidifies into tartar and becomes very difficult to remove without professional help. When you get regular dental cleanings, it helps to prevent tartar from creating cavities in your teeth or eroding them.
Cavities do not give any warnings when they form. Only after significant decay has occurred do you notice the first signs like pain and inflammation due to the infection. At this point, treatments like root canal and crowns become the only option, which proves to be far more expensive than regular dental cleanings.
2. Keeps Gum Disease At Bay
Plaque and tartar buildup causes tooth decay. However, it also erodes your gum tissues. This occurs when the accumulation of tartar results in an infection where the gum line meets the tooth. It causes the gum to loosen and move away from the tooth. This condition is called gingivitis, and over time, it causes the tissues of the gums to break down.
If this problem aggravates, it can also affect the bone that holds the teeth in place, which causes the teeth to loosen from their base or fall out. The best way to avoid these problems and all the expense and trouble that go with treating them is to get regular dental cleanings done.
3. Oral Cancer Detection
This is a severe disease that can manifest itself in many different ways. The early signs of this disease can only be spotted by a dental professional. Failing to go in for regular dental checkups can result in these signs being overlooked, which can cause them to become life-threatening. During your regular dental checkups, the dentist will also check for signs of oral cancer. These checks are pain-free and non-invasive, which means you don’t have to be anxious about getting them done either.
4. Helps Keep Bad Habits In Check
Many different bad habits can impact your health negatively. Some of these are such that you may not even realize cause problems. Habits, like clenching your jaw, chewing your nails, grinding your teeth and chewing ice can affect your dental health. During your dental checkup, the dentist will check for oral damage that may have been caused by bad habits that you might have missed. They will fix it promptly and will also help ensure that your oral health is as good as it can be.
In addition to these checks, the dentist will also check for problems under the surface of the gums. They will take X-rays to check for swelling, bone decay, tumors, or cysts. Lymph node checks, and neck and jaw checks are also part and parcel of these dental checkups.
Regardless of which way you look at it, skipping dental checkups is never a good idea. If you would like more information about our dentistry services, schedule a visit with one of our expert doctors. Contact Luck Dental Clinic via this form or call us at (715) 472-2211 to fix an appointment.