Every six months, you should get your teeth checked, but a lot of people don’t understand why they need to do this and often think that it gets in the way of their daily lives. So, let’s talk about why we insist on checkups every six months.
Your dentist can see if you have any problems and give you tips on how to keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them harder to treat in the future, so it’s always best to find problems as soon as possible.
Preventing Or Detecting Oral Cancer
Our dentists are trained to identify the early signs of oral cancer, which are often signs that you wouldn’t notice on your own. Some of these signs might be as easy to spot as;
- A white or red patch within the mouth,
- Unexpectedly losing weight,
- A sore or ulcer that does not heel as it should or is bleeding.
If you go to your checkup, you can get treatment right away, which increases your chances of getting better.
Common Dental Issues – Plaque, Tartar & Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day, you may miss small spots. Going to the dentist often and having your teeth cleaned by a professional when your dentist tells you to will keep plaque from building up on your teeth and making small holes in them. Cavities don’t always show signs before they cause pain, but a dentist will see the early signs and stop them from getting worse.
Preventing Gum Disease From Taking Hold
When there is too much tartar in the mouth, it can lead to infections where the gums meet the teeth. This can cause the gum to pull away from the tooth. This is a very painful disease of the gums that is often called Gingivitis or Paradontitis. By getting regular dental checkups, your dentist can find the signs of gum disease early and stop it from getting worse. He or she can also give you tips on how to prevent and stop this from happening.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Loose or separated teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Change in the way teeth fit together when biting down
Some ways to keep gum disease at bay are:
- Brushing for two minutes, twice a day,
- Flossing daily,
- Eating healthily,
- Avoiding smoking,
- Regular dental checkups.
Look at your bad habits
We all have them, but they can hurt our teeth and gums. Damage can be done by things like smoking, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, and chewing on hard things like ice. This damage to the teeth can include:
- Discoloration and weakening of the teeth
- Chipping or eroding the enamel
- Inhibiting blood circulation
- Raise the acidity levels in the mouth which attacks the enamel
Your dentist will keep an eye on how much damage is done and, in some cases, like when you grind your teeth, give you things like a retainer to stop more damage.
You need to check more than just your mouth
Lymph nodes that are swollen are not always obvious, but a dentist can see them right away. This is important because they do need to be checked because they are often a sign of an infection or a tumour.
If you’re thinking about not getting a dental checkup because of cost, time, or fear of the dentist, make sure to think about all the risks we’ve talked about above. You might end up paying more in the long run, so why not make sure you go to the dentist regularly to keep your mouth healthy and keep your dental costs low?
For more information, please contact Welling Dental on 020 8303 7445.