Visiting your dentist for a dental checkup monthly is an appointment, you may not be looking forward to, but it is one of the most important ones to keep. Many people fail to visit their dentists as regularly because they don’t understand what it is and how important it is to them. If you skip dental checkups because of the cost, you should consider all the risks involved. You may end up spending much higher treating a problem that could have been prevented. Here is all you need to know about dental checkups and why they’re important.
Many people have little idea of what happens in their mouth when they’re sitting in the dental chair. Having someone working inside your mouth and hearing strange noise can cause stress and anxiety. This is the greatest turnoff. Knowing what to expect makes it less scary. Here is all that happens when you visit your dentist for a routine dental checkup.
There are two things that happen:
- Dental exam
- Teeth cleaning.
1. Dental Exam
The dentist examines your teeth looking for cavities. Dental x-rays are used to check whether there are any fractures, loss of bone, dental cavities between your teeth, plaque and tartar, and other issues below the visible gum line. A plaque is a clear layer of bacteria that when not removed early it hardens to become tartar. Plaque and tartar are the major cause of oral diseases.
The depth of the spaces between the teeth and gum is then examined using special tools. This space is shallow for healthy gums and deep if you have gum disease. The dentist then examines your tongue, face, throat, neck, and head for any signs of trouble – redness, swelling and possible signs of cancer.
The dentist then lets you know exactly what is going on in your mouth and advises you accordingly. If there are some dental treatment required the dentist goes on and advises you on the most common treatment methods available. He can either go on with the treatment or schedule another appointment with you depending on the treatment required.
2. Teeth Cleaning
After examinations, the dentist proceeds to clean the teeth. This involves brushing and flossing to remove plaque, stains and food particles on the teeth. Special tools are then used to remove tartar (scaling). After polishing your teeth s then polished using a gritty paste that helps remove surface stains on the teeth. The final step is flossing where the dentist uses floss to clean the spaces between your teeth.
Now that you know what happens when you go for dental checkups here are the reasons you should regularly visit your dentist.
1. Oral Cancer Detection
This is a very serious disease that manifests itself in different ways. Without knowing its signs and symptoms at its early onset it quickly progresses and become life-threatening. With a regular dental check-up, your dentist will be able to catch oral cancer in time and start treatment immediately. Dentists are well skilled and he or she will be able to identify symptoms and signs of oral cancer when it is at its infant stage. Treating oral cancer at its early stages has higher chances of being successful compared to the last hour treatment.
2. Cavities, Plaque, and Tartars
Daily teeth brushing and flossing is not 100%, it doesn’t completely remove bacterias. Plaque starts developing in these areas when plaques aren’t removed they form tartar. Removing plaque and tartar on time helps prevent the development of teeth cavities and other tooth problems.
3. Gum Disease
Plaque and tartar build up erodes gum tissues. When tartar buildup it causes infections (gingivitis) where the gum and the tooth are connected. The gum then pulls away from the teeth, making the space between the gum and the teeth smaller. Treating gum disease requires more appointments and finances as it can even call for surgery.
4. Bad Habits
There are many things you might be doing without knowing their effects on your oral health. Chewing ice, clenching your jaw, brushing too hard, eating sticks and sugary foods, drinking coffee and red wine, smoking and much more have negative impacts on your oral health. With regular dental checkups, your dentist checks for oral damages that can be caused by these habits and advises you on what you should quit doing to better your oral health. The damages that have already been caused are also addressed and fixed in time before they mature.
Skipping dental appointments doesn’t look like a big deal, but oral issues, develop and progress very fast. Some conditions need immediate treatment before they mature to become life-threatening conditions. Monthly dental checkups do you a big favor in the long run.