Despite the importance and benefits of a healthy and confident smile, many American’s tend to slack a bit when it comes to scheduling regular dental checkups. In our busy lives, it isn’t always easy to remember to make it to the dentist.
Perhaps it has just slipped your mind or maybe you’ve been putting it off till later because you haven’t noticed any pain or problems with your teeth. We all know how it is, life can easily get in the way! But skipping those regular checkups can be detrimental to your smile and overall health.
Yet small problems can turn into much larger issues which we often don’t notice until it’s too late. At Synergy Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, we always want to do our part to help our patients continue to light up the world with their smiles! Here are just a few of the great reasons those regular checkups are so important.
Catch those problem areas early
During every regular oral health checkup, your dentist will not only give your teeth a good deep cleaning, but they will also check all your teeth and screen for potential threats down the road. They’ll check for cavities, thoroughly examine your mouth, neck, and head, and take x-rays to check for internal tooth damage or potential threats like impacted wisdom teeth.
Untreated oral health problems can escalate quickly if left untreated. Many problems such as small cavities, tartar build up, or improper gum care might go unnoticed without the well-trained eyes of a professional watching over you. Those initially small cavities can grow quickly, leading to further decay.
Even moderately unhealthy gums can eventually lead to gum disease, which is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in adults! Suddenly, you’re looking at potential root canals, crowns, or even dental implants instead of the small filling you could have gotten away with if you hadn’t skipped your regular checkups. These procedures are not only bigger and more time consuming, but they can also be expensive!
Stay one step ahead of troublesome wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth can be a bit tricky to predict. Without regular dental checkups and x-rays, it’s often not easy to tell if your wisdom teeth are going to pose a problem until it’s too late. X-rays can give your dental professional a better idea of how your wisdom teeth are growing, if there is enough room in your mouth to support them, and if they risk becoming impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are not only extremely painful, they can actually knock your other teeth out of place, ruining that perfect smile! Those regular x-rays can predict future problems, giving you the opportunity to decide to remove them now before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your life!
Keep your smile clean, healthy, and confident!
Having your teeth professionally checked and cleaned is not only good for your overall health, but it’s also a great confidence booster!
During your regular checkup and cleaning, your dentist is able to clean all those stubborn and hard to reach areas that can be tricky to manage with a brush and floss alone. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of squeaky clean and happy teeth. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself smiling ear to ear to show off those healthy pearly whites after a good checkup and cleaning!
Brush up on your oral health knowledge
Every time you have a regular checkup, your dentist will also arm you with the most up to date knowledge on keeping your teeth and mouth happy in-between visits. They can show you how to brush and floss more effectively and give you advice on the best products to use to help you avoid future problems.
Prevent serious health conditions
Did you know that over a hundred illnesses and diseases can be visible in your mouth? Your regular oral health screenings can reveal the signs of potentially dangerous diseases before you even notice any symptoms.
Poor dental hygiene can even lead to some conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Your regular oral health checkups, especially when visiting a dental professional who is trained in oral pathology like the friendly team at Synergy Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, can identify potential threats to your overall health. Helping you remain healthy from head to toe!
With so many benefits, there’s simply no excuse to skimp on those regular checkups. If you’ve been known constantly put off your oral health screenings until later, it’s time to stop delaying and start acting! I promise, your smile will thank you!