Despite the benefits of a healthy smile, many Americans tend to slack on scheduling regular dental checkups. In our busy lives, it isn’t always easy to remember to make it an appointment to see the dentist. But prioritizing your oral health is key – and can help your overall health as well.

Perhaps it has slipped your mind. Maybe you’ve been putting it off because you haven’t noticed any pain or problems with your teeth. We all know how life can easily get in the way! But skipping regular checkups can be detrimental to your smile and overall health.

Small problems can turn into much larger issues that go unnoticed until it’s too late. At Synergy Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, we want to to help our patients with their smiles! Here are just a few of the great reasons those regular checkups are so important.

Catch Problems Early

During every regular checkup, your dentist will give your teeth a good deep cleaning. They will also examine 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. These x-rays identify internal tooth damage or potential threats like impacted wisdom teeth.

Untreated oral health problems can escalate quickly if left untreated. Many problems might go unnoticed without the well-trained eyes of a professional. This can include small cavities, tartar build up, or improper gum care. Those initially small cavities can grow quickly, leading to further decay.

Even moderately unhealthy gums can lead to gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults! Suddenly, you’re looking at potential root canals, crowns, or even dental implants. These procedures could have been just a small filling 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 a 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 difficult to tell if your wisdom teeth are going to pose a problem until it’s too late. X-rays can tell your dental professional 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, your dentist cleans those hard-to-reach areas that can be tricky to manage on your own. 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. They can also give you advice on the best products to use to help you avoid future problems.

Prevent Serious Health Conditions

Did you know over a hundred illnesses and diseases can be visible in your mouth? Regular oral health screenings can reveal signs of potentially dangerous diseases before you even notice any symptoms.

Poor dental hygiene can even lead to 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. We help 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!