If you’re debating skipping a dental checkup due to expense, time, or dental apprehension, be sure to weigh all the possible consequences. If you don’t go to the dentist regularly, you could end up spending a lot more in the long run in terms of your money and your mental health. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is essential for the following reasons:
Detection of Oral Cancer
Despite its seriousness, oral cancer can appear in a variety of forms. Without being aware of the early signs of oral cancer, it can quickly develop and become life-threatening if not diagnosed. The good news is that if diagnosed early, mouth cancer is usually curable.
This is why frequent dental examinations every six months can significantly increase your chances of detecting oral cancer in its early stages. You may not detect anomalies in your mouth, but your dentist will. Detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages is critical to a successful treatment.
A VELscope is a device that measures voltage. Non-invasive, pain-free, and reimbursed by MSP in some situations, the cancer exam lasts no more than a few seconds at most. By flashing a special light into the mouth, the test reveals the presence of tumors, which are invisible to the naked eye. It only takes a few minutes, is completely painless, and has the potential to save your life? You can’t possibly disagree with me on this!
Plaque, Tartar, and Cavities
Brushing and flossing the teeth on a regular basis can overlook some places, even if the person is extremely conscientious. The more plaque accumulates on the teeth, the more difficult it is to remove because it hardens into tartar, which is exceedingly tough to remove even with the assistance of a dentist.
Cavities are prevented by regular dental cleanings, which remove tartar before it may erode teeth or form holes in them. When a cavity first forms, there are usually no symptoms other than a slight discomfort in the tooth. If you have a cavity or other tooth condition, you will need to see a dentist to have it repaired. Preventative cleanings that remove plaque and tartar before they can cause harm can prevent this from happening.
A cleaning visit is also less expensive than a filling, so don’t skip it if money is tight.
Disease of the Gums
As well as decaying teeth, plaque and tartar buildup erodes the gums. As a result of tartar buildup, an infection occurs at the gum-to-tooth interface, which causes gums to separate from teeth. Gingivitis is the medical term for this infection, which causes the gum tissue that holds the teeth in place to deteriorate.
Only at this time will there likely be swelling, bleeding, or discomfort in the mouth as a result of gum disease. Also, gum disease weakens bones that holds tooth structure, causing the gums to recede and teeth to fall out. A dental specialist will need to take drastic measures if teeth begin to loosen or fall out completely at this time.
It’s not only that you’ll have to make more appointments with specialists and spend more money; gum disease treatment may also necessitate surgery, highly thorough cleaning, and medication, depending on the severity. All of this can be avoided with frequent dental cleanings that catch and treat gingivitis early on.
Controlling One’s Bad Habits
Your dental health is affected by a wide range of habits, some which you may not know about. It’s not uncommon for people to grind their teeth when they’re nervous or stressed out, which can be exacerbated by a variety of activities, such as chewing ice or clenching their jaws, as well as drinking coffee or red wine or smoking.
These and other practices can cause damage to your mouth that you may not be aware of until you visit the dentist on a regular basis. If you’re aware of your own bad behaviors, you’re more equipped to avoid them in the future. Getting regular checkups at the dentist will help you prevent further dental health issues and rectify the problem that has already occurred.