The Importance of Regular Dental Visits
As is the case with your general practitioner, it is important to build a relationship with your dentist through regular visits so your dental history is well recorded. A comprehensive history will aid the dentist in checking the current state of your mouth. At the same time, as the dentist and dental practice become more familiar, it’ll make you feel more comfortable to voice any concerns you may have about any developments or changes you have noticed with regard to your oral health.
Catching problems early
It makes sense that dealing with problems as soon as possible after they arise leads to the best result. This applies to most things in life, but especially to oral health. Regular visits to your dentist every six months to a year, mean issues like cavities, gum infections and other problems in your mouth can be detected early. Steps can then be taken to deal with them before they become major ones which can threaten the health of your entire body and possibly claim your life.
Oral cancer and gum disease:
The two major problems that can develop in our mouths are oral cancer and gum disease. Oral cancer, is likely to affect one man in 75 and one out of every 150 women at some point in their lives. With early detection and treatment, their five year survival rate is well over 50 percent and the ten year rate tops 40 percent.
Gum disease has been linked to a number of general health problems beyond the directly linked consequences of damage to the bone which supports the teeth and gums which can result in tooth loss. It has also been linked to low birth weight and premature birth in pregnant women, and also to other serious general health problems like diabetes, heart problems and strokes.
Cavities and fillings:
There’s a considerable difference in the complexity and costs involved. Between dealing with a new and still small cavity in a tooth and dealing with the possible consequences of one that has been ignored too long. With modern tooth-coloured composite filling materials offering a more aesthetic option than the old metallic amalgams, it’ll be filled before you know it and there’ll be nothing to show it was ever there.
Your dentist will also want to check if any of the old fillings in your mouth have started to break down. This is something which can start happening at any time from about eight or so years after the cavity was first filled. Breakdown is not always obvious, but a gap can form unnoticed under the filling while it’s happening. Bacteria can collect in that gap and cause damage near the base of the tooth. This can result in the tooth breaking off and involve costly procedures to repair it.
The dentist may include a professional cleaning treatment to thoroughly clean your teeth of stubborn plaque and tartar build-up it is difficult for you to remove yourself even with the most stringent of brushing routines.
Maintenance and prevention
After the check-up and assessment of your oral health, your dentist will be able to recommend any treatments he thinks necessary. You will also be given advice on how to maintain your oral health and on what preventative measures can be taken in terms of your oral hygiene routine, diet and lifestyle in order to keep your teeth, smile and general health as bright as possible.