Most men and women visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go as long as five years between visits.
Most dentists recommend a visit at least every six months.
Here are six terrific reasons to visit your dentist more often.
That’s right: cancer detection. Not many men and women think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a substantially higher risk of developing oral cancer.
2. Cavity Damage
Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are tiny, they aren’t difficult (or expensive) to fix.
The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid the dentist. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.
People who visit the dentist typically have fewer cavities. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.
Visiting OKC Smiles can help you prevent cavities altogether—as long as you practice proper dental hygiene.
3. Gum Disease, Gingivitis, or Periodontitis
Gum health is a part of overall dental health. Your dentist can help you track the condition of your gums and prescribe ways to prevent or reverse gum disease.
4. Bad Habits
Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.
Frequent visits to OKC Smiles can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you discover harmful habits and advise you on lifestyle changes and treatments.
Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.
5. Deeper Problems
The things we have discussed so far involve an oral examination. However, has the ability to look deeper with X-rays.
X-ray technology has come a long way. It allows your dentist to discover potential problems before they become visible. Many of the conditions can be fixed before damage occurs.
6. More Than Just Teeth
The professionals at OKC Smiles are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your complete physical health.
Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth. That includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes, and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.
A biannual dental visit can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life.
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