Regular dental visits are part of taking care of your teeth, gums, and overall health. If you want to have optimal oral health then preventative dental appointments should be a non-negotiable part of your routine. Regular dental visits are more than a formality. They can help you avoid many of the dental issues that necessitate extensive dental work. Four dental issues that can be avoided with regular dental visits include cavities, gum disease, tartar buildup, and tooth loss.
There are three elements that impact whether are not you will develop cavities: genetics, your daily oral care routine, and your preventative dental visits. You cannot do anything about your genetics so it is important to focus on your daily oral care routine and your preventative dental visits. Brushing and flossing your teeth on the recommended schedule each day will help remove much of the food particles and bacteria that can cause cavities. However, your teeth also need an occasional deep cleaning to get to areas that you miss. The cleaning that you get during your regular dental visit will get to all of the hard-to-reach places in your mouth. This will help prevent cavities. In addition, if you have the beginnings of a cavity your dentist can address it to prevent it from worsening.
Gum disease is a common problem for adults throughout the US. Brushing, flossing, and going to your regular dental visits all work together to prevent gum disease. Gingivitis often develops if your oral hygiene routine is falling short in some way. The deep cleaning you get at your regular dental visits will help combat gum disease. In addition, if your dentist notices the early signs of gum disease you can take steps to improve your oral care routine accordingly.
Tartar is plaque that has hardened on your teeth over time. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing alone. Instead, you have to have it scraped off of your teeth with a metal tool. Tartar can cause issues with your gums and make your teeth look dull. During routine dental visits the hygienist who cleans your teeth will remove tartar. This helps prevent a buildup and the problems that can come with it.
Tooth loss is a serious consequence of neglecting the care of your teeth. If you avoid routine dental visits small problems like decay and gum disease can turn into issues that lead to tooth loss. Your dentist will be able to spot problems with your teeth or gums during routine visits that have the potential to lead to tooth loss. It typically takes an extended period of time for dental issues to progress to the level of tooth loss. If you are concerned that one or more of your teeth are at risk, there may still be time to save them with professional intervention.
The vast majority of serious dental problems start out as small treatable issues. Keeping up with routine dental visits will save you time, money, and prevent pain by helping you avoid many common dental problems.