DentistIf you’re like most people, you won’t visit a dentist until you develop painful toothache. Unfortunately, that may be too late if you have a serious oral health problem. In this post, we discuss why regular cleanings and check ups are crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Avoid Serious Dental Emergencies

Early detection of issues like gum disease, cavities, and broken fillings can help prevent dental emergencies. While common problems are easily treated in their early stages, you may need to have surgery that is far more complex in nature if you leave the problem for too long. Untreated oral issues can often lead to gum surgery, root canal, and teeth removal. These treatments are not only hard on your mouth, but they can also be hard on your wallet.

Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

Gingivitis is a leading cause of tooth loss, which is why it’s so important to prevent it with regular cleanings. Besides checking your teeth and gums for cleanliness, a dental professional will remove plaque and tartar build-up, floss and polish your teeth, as well as show you how to brush correctly to ensure optimal oral health.

Reduce the Risk of Oral Cancer

While we often hear about breast, prostate, and other common cancers, we seldomly hear about mouth cancer. The reality is that it can be just as deadly as any other type if it goes undetected. Thankfully, this devastating disease is curable if diagnosed at an early stage.

Ultimately, your oral health can affect your overall health. Make sure you schedule a dental appointment every six months to keep your gums and teeth in perfect condition.

Do you avoid dentist visits like the plague? Tell us why. If you schedule regular appointments, let us know how they’ve helped you avoid major oral problems.

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