The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year. Even though the recommended time between checkups is far apart, it’s fairly common for people to take them for granted. Most of us either forget to make it to the dentist or get lazy!
The truth is, as minor as dental issues may seem, it can be perilous to ignore them for too long. Most problems worsen gradually—such as tooth decay—and some can come up quite sneakily, like gum diseases.
However, almost all of them can be easily avoided with diligent care and caution on our end. It’s best to be cautious, because recent studies have shown the impact of dental diseases on other organs in the body, such as your heart, pancreas and even your brain. Let’s look at a few of the benefits of regular, scheduled checkups.
Head, neck, lymph nodes: A bonus check up!
Dentists don’t just check the inside your mouth, but they also check your jaw, neck, and lymph nodes, which are found just below the jaw. They check for any irregular swellings or for the formation of lumps. These checkups are a good opportunity to discover the formation of abnormalities, as you can detect more serious health risks early that way. Your dentist will alert you and you can seek further professional help.
You may not be aware of the presence of gum disease in your mouth until the signs start to show. These include soreness, swelling, and bleeding in the mouth. Gum disease causes a breakdown of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. This can weaken the tooth that’s being held in place, and can also result in the loss of the tooth.
If you’re wondering how this happens, it’s simply because neglected dental hygiene can result in an extreme buildup of plaque and tartar in the mouth and the gum tissues. This leads to an infection called gingivitis, which can easily be prevented with regular teeth cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist. Smokers and pregnant women are most likely to be at risk of getting gingivitis.
Careless adoption of bad habits
While most of us think that we brush our teeth adequately enough, we tend to be too relaxed about the process. You may not realize it but you may also have developed multiple bad habits such as smoking, excessive consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary foods. These habits seep into our daily life and routine, but negatively impact our dental hygiene.
Timely visits to the dentist can help prevent and undo some of the damage done to your teeth. Some of the best dentists at our dental clinic help make you comfortable and be at ease during a regular dental checkup. At Bethesda Dental Health we help you prioritize your oral hygiene. Call us now to schedule your dental checkup!