Regular checkups can seem like a pain, but what are they saving you from?
While not only beneficial for appearance sake, there are numerous health benefits from a regular check-up of your teeth.
Benefits of Preventative Dental Care
For starters maintaining a regular dental check up schedule will ensure that any potential dental issues are quickly treated before they can turn into painful, and highly expensive, medical issues that may require surgery or would of created permanent damage.
The importance of the regular check-up ranges from preventing fatal conditions to maintaining healthy gums and teeth so they are working at their optimal level. On one end of the scale, regular dental visits will clear the patient of any potential oral cancers which are highly curable if caught early on. On a lesser scale but perhaps far more prevalent is gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue and the bone.
So how regularly should you go for these checkups at your local dental surgery? Well a good rule of thumb is once every six months providing that you have not experience any sensitivity, pain or discomfort anywhere around your jaw line of teeth
However there are certain conditions that require most frequent visits to the dentists including periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene habits, high use of tobacco and alcohol, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medical conditions. These conditions leave the patient with a higher risk of gum disease, oral cancer and cavities so you should visit your dentist on a more regular basis.