You’re busy with work, family, friends, and chores. It’s tempting to put off your dental exam, especially if your teeth feel fine and you’re in generally good health. But regular dental exams and cleanings are some of the most important preventive care you undergo.
At Advanced Care Dentistry in Woodinville, Washington, Thomas O. Marxen, DDS, MSD, and Andrew Keith, DDS, recommend you have a dental exam and cleaning at least every six months. Here’s why you should make scheduling yours a priority
1. You can’t always see underlying oral health issues
Regular exams include yearly dental X-rays that give your dentist a better look at your teeth. Tooth decay and bone loss lie between your gums and are only visible with advanced equipment. X-rays can also detect tumors or infections in the pulp.
When problems are detected early, they’re much easier to treat, and you have a better chance of maintaining a great smile.
2. Your gums may have disease
Gum disease begins with a condition called gingivitis. When caught early, gingivitis can be reversed. If gum disease progresses to full-blown periodontal disease, it can lead to serious health issues. You can prevent gum disease from settling in and taking hold in your mouth by visiting your dentist.
Nearly half of all adults 30 and older have untreated gum disease.
3. You benefit from an oral cancer screening
There are about 54,000 new cases of oral cancer diagnosed every year. You can prevent dire complications and even death from this invasive disease when caught early. Oral cancer screening is part of your regular dental exams.
4. You’ll rest assured you have no decay
Tooth decay doesn’t always have symptoms at first. You might not notice it until it’s damaged your tooth, spread to other teeth, or presents with extreme pain. Regular oral exams catch tooth decay when it starts, so you can get fillings or other treatments to maintain the integrity of your teeth.
5. You can be sure your restorations are still intact
If you have crowns or fillings, your dentist can determine if they protect your tooth. These restorations can become damaged when you chew hard foods or wear down over time.
6. You experience noticeably smooth teeth
A professional cleaning by one of our skilled hygienists is part of your regular dental exam. They remove all plaque and tartar from your gum line and other areas you might miss with your at-home hygiene routine.
Lingering plaque leads to gum disease and gives your teeth a rough, fuzzy feeling.
7. Good oral health promotes overall good health
Research supports that your oral health impacts your overall health. Keeping your mouth free of infection and disease reduces your risk of developing diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
It’s time for you to schedule your dental exam. Contact Advanced Care Dentistry to get your appointment on the books. Call the office or reach out via this website to schedule an appointment.