Why is it so important to visit the dentist?
Here are some of the main reasons why everybody should visit their dentist regularly:
• Your dental health has a major influence on your overall health. The condition of your teeth and gums can impact the condition of just about every other system in your body (respiratory, digestive, circulatory);
• Your tongue and mouth are also external indicators of your general health, meaning they could indicate early signs of health problems, such as nutritional deficiencies, dehydration and even head and neck cancer if you drink or smoke;
• Along with a consistent oral hygiene routine, regular checkups are the best way to prevent tooth loss, which could incur more costs over time;
• As we age, our teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay, plaque buildup and periodontal disease;
• Even if you have an excellent oral hygiene, regular checkups are necessary to maintain a bright, healthy smile and to make sure there are no underlying dental problems.
How often do I need to visit the dentist?
A regular check-up at the dentist is crucial in order to develop and maintain good oral health. But what is considered regular? Most dentists will recommend a check-up every six months. This will vary, however, with a number of factors affecting your oral health, such as:
• Your dental hygiene routine: Do you brush and floss every day?
• Your diet: Is it well balanced?
• Your overall health: Are you in a good shape?
• Your smoking habits, if any
• Your oral health history: Have you ever had any cavities or gum disease?
By assessing your current oral health, this should give you an idea as to how often you should visit your dentist. Prevention is better than cure!