Visiting your dentist for a dental check-up and cleaning may not be a very appealing idea. However, it’s important to have regular appointments at least every 6 months. This is to ensure that your dental health is maintained and any problems are identified and fixed early, saving you money in the long run and giving you peace of mind. V Care Dental details three reasons why regular dentist appointments are so important for your health.
Oral cancer is a serious disease that can quickly progress if it’s left untreated. Regular dental check-up and cleaning appointments give dentists the opportunity to catch signs of oral cancer at an early stage when it’s often treatable. Dentists are highly trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, looking at your teeth and gum tissue for sores, swellings or lumps. If a diagnosis is given, surgery may be necessary to treat the affected area. Surgery is often followed by radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
Gum disease occurs when the tissue that surrounds the teeth becomes infected. There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that occurs when the gums become red, swollen and begin to bleed. If gingivitis isn’t treated, it may cause a more severe gum disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen to the point where they fall out. Fortunately, attending regular dental check-up and cleaning appointments can prevent this from happening.
Plaque is a mass of bacteria that grows on surfaces within the mouth, such as areas between the teeth and the gum. If not cleaned regularly, plaque can cause the erosion of teeth and unwanted cavities. It’s therefore important to visit a dentist at least twice a year for a dental check-up and cleaning. If cavities develop and aren’t fixed and filled, they can cause teeth to fall out. For this reason, it’s important for people who haven’t been to the dentist in a while to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Contact V Care Dental today to arrange a check-up and help prevent the development of plaque, gum disease, cavities and other dental health issues.