We’ve all heard that we should visit the dentist about every six months for a regular cleaning and dental check-up. Of course, good oral hygiene is a great reason to visit your dentist, and having regular cleanings is one of the best ways to ensure healthy teeth. But this is not the only reason why you should see your dentist regularly. Let’s explore nine great reasons to visit your dentist.
1.) Detect Dental Problems Early
– Your dentist and hygienist will examine your teeth and look for any problems that are starting to appear. It is most cost effective to have preventative or simple treatments done before any dental problems escalate. If you leave dental problems until the time that you start to have pain or infection, you will likely be facing a much more involved and costly treatment. Regular visits to your dentist can detect problems early and address them quickly and easily.
2.) Prevent Oral Cancer
– Oral cancer makes up about 3% of all cancers in men and 2% of all cancers in women. Oral cancer can be hard to detect because cancerous lesions in the mouth often appear similar to everyday sores in the mouth, such as canker sores or cold sores. Your dentist is trained to recognize signs of oral cancer. When you visit your dentist, as part of your check-up your dentist will look for signs of oral cancer, and could catch it at an early stage so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment usually correlates with better outcome of the cancer.
3.) Prevent Bad Breath
– An estimated 50% of the population suffer from chronic bad breath, and most of the time this is due to bad breath bacteria or a dental issue. Visiting your dentist for a deep cleaning and addressing any old or faulty dental work can significantly improve bad breath.
4.) Keep Your Teeth
– A leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist to keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular cleanings and check-ups can prevent tooth loss, and will minimize the chance of needed dentures or tooth implants later in life.
5.) Maintain Good Oral Health
– This one almost goes without saying! During a professional teeth cleaning, your dentist can remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque that sticks to your teeth) that can be difficult to clean at home. Your dentist and hygienist can also track your oral history and let you know if your brushing routine at home needs improvement, or if there are certain areas of your mouth that need extra attention while brushing.
6.) Get a Bright White Smile
– A professional cleaning can remove staining from your teeth, and also gives you a thorough cleaning, resulting in a whiter, brighter smile. In addition, if you want an even more dazzling smile, your dentist can discuss with you options to improve the cosmetic look of your smile, from simple teeth whitening to a more involved smile makeover.
7.) Use Your Dental Insurance
– Most Canadians have some form of dental insurance, and usually the insurance will cover cleanings and check-ups twice a year, along with a large portion of other treatments that might be necessary. Why not make the most of your insurance plan?
8.) Prevent Gum Disease
– Gum disease, known in the early stages as gingivitis, is a disease of the gums and bones that hold your teeth in place. Early symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen and puffy gums that bleed easily. If left untreated, severe gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Visiting your dentist can help to determine whether you are at risk of developing gum disease or are already showing early signs. If diagnosed early, gum disease can be treated and reversed. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups, along with flossing and brushing are the best ways to prevent gum disease.
9.) Set a Good Example for Your Kids
– If you have kids, you know that they learn by example. Visiting the dentist for your own dental cleaning and check-up along with your child’s cleaning and check-up sets a good example, and shows your child that maintaining your dental health is important. Positively reinforcing habits around good oral hygiene could help keep their teeth healthy for life.