To maintain your car, it is recommended to change your oil at least every 3,000 miles. Failing to do so could result in the blow up of your car’s engine. Oral health follows a similar concept. Failure to visit your dentist at least once every six months could lead to gum disease and even tooth loss due to untreated gum tissue damage.
Whether a year has passed since your last visit or ten, understanding the importance of dental checkups is crucial to your overall oral health. To help you prepare for your next visit, here are the four basic reasons why checkups are important to your smile.
Detection of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is a very important disease in which symptoms often go unnoticed. If untreated, symptoms can be life threatening. The neck, jaw and lymph nodes are checked for signs of oral cancer and other major health issues. When you visit the dentist every 6 months, the chances of catching early signs of oral cancer greatly increase – allowing you to take action as soon as possible.
Tartar, Plaque and Cavity Treatment
Even with daily brushing and flossing, there are still some things we miss in our at-home oral care routine. Plaque becomes harder to remove when it builds up and eventually becomes tartar. Tartar can only be removed with professional tools and is intensely hard to get rid of.
Cavities form when leftover tartar erodes the tooth, creating holes. The only way to fix this is to have them filled. With regular cleanings, cavities, plaque and tartar can all be treated or avoided altogether.
Tooth decay isn’t the only thing that plaque and tartar can cause. Tartar buildup can also cause infections, like gingivitis, that lead to gum recession. Once diagnosed with gum disease, treatment can mean more visits, surgery, and possible medication. To avoid these issues and spending more gas and money than necessary, make sure to book your check-ups regularly.
We all have our vices. Unfortunately, some of them could be harmful to our oral health. Common habits like smoking, brushing your teeth too hard, grinding your teeth, biting your nails, chewing ice, eating sweets, drinking coffee and even red wine can all have adverse effects on your smile. Regular check-ins with Dr. Farnaghi can help you to be informed of any abnormalities you may not have noticed.
We’ve Got Your Best Interest in Mind
At League City Elite Dentistry, we specialize in more than just teeth cleaning. We can help identify oral cancer, serious oral infections, treat the buildup of plaque and tartar and other issues caused by bad habits and poor oral hygiene. Do yourself a favor and schedule your next check-up as soon as possible. We’ll be waiting!