The Importance of Dental Checkups
It can be tempting — and quite easy — to skip visits to your dentist for routine checkups. When you are preoccupied with matters such as work, your children, household chores, important errands, social engagements, bills and other financial responsibilities, and other concerns that the typical adult needs to face regularly, finding time to schedule an appointment with the dentist can take a backseat.
Dentists advise patients to see them at least once every six months, so it’s easy for people to think that they have plenty of time to get to that later — more pressing responsibilities or more pleasant activities can surely be tackled first, they think. Unfortunately, the tendency is to keep pushing this task down their list of things to do until, once again, a year has passed and they have forgotten to see their dentist.
To remind everyone of the importance of dental checkups, it helps to run through the things that a dentist usually performs during a routine visit and to identify the benefits that you can receive.
During your checkup, your dentist will:
Look for cavities
Even if you always brush and floss like you’re supposed to, you may be developing cavities that you do not know about, like between the teeth. If your Prescott dentist detects them immediately (thanks to your regular visits), they can begin treatment to stop the process and decay and save your teeth from further damage or complete extraction.
Look for signs of tartar and plaque buildup
Plaque can form over your teeth and become tartar when you fail to remove it on time. Tartar then becomes impossible to get rid of with mere brushing and flossing. Your dentist can address this effectively to keep gum disease from developing.
Inspect your gums
As mentioned, the gums can succumb to disease and can also provide clues to your overall health, so examining them regularly is a must.
Check not just your mouth, tongue and throat, but also your face, head and neck
This is how your dentist looks for signs of other potential health concerns such as swelling or oral cancer.
By paying regular visits to your Prescott Valley dentist for checkups, you can experience the following benefits:
- A whiter, more beautiful smile. Dentists perform professional cleaning during checkups so any stains from food, drinks and medication are effectively removed.
- Healthy gums. You won’t have to suffer swollen or inflamed gums if your dentist is always able to catch any problems and treat them early.
- Fresher breath. Because food particles and regularly dislodged from between your teeth, and you are taught proper oral hygiene habits, your breath will always stay fresh as well.
- Stronger teeth that last. When you frequently see your dentist, there won’t be any chances for cavities to set in and gradually destroy your teeth. Regular checkups can ensure that your teeth stay strong and healthy for years to come.
Call your local Prescott dentist at Horizon Dental Group to schedule your dental checkups!