According to New Zealand Dental Association, many adults wait until they have a problem before visiting their dentists. In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, dental visits are also an important preventative measure to keep your teeth and gums health.
Prevention is often better than cure
There are many things a dentist can spot during a dental check-up such as weakening older fillings, early signs of gum (periodontal) disease, periodontal disease, gum recessions, tooth and root surface decay, and many other oral problems that can affect your general health.
Regularly visiting your dentist can help you:
1. Avoid unnecessary fillings
Your dentist will check all your teeth for tooth decay, wear and cracking. Regular dental visits will mean your dentist can diagnose and prevent problems early, hopefully before they lead to fillings.
2. Prevent gum disease
During your dental visit your dentist will also check your gums for any signs of gum disease. Gum disease can result in tooth loose, so early diagnosis and intervention is crucial.
3. Have a proper clean
A professional scale and clean by your dentist is an important as it helps remove stubborn hard to remove plaque that can lead to tooth decay.
4. Spot oral cancer early on
Your dentist will also examine your soft tissues for signs of oral cancer. There has been a significant increase in the cases of oral cancer in men and all but cancer of the salivary glands in women in New Zealand over the past 35 years1.
5. Change your diet
Your dentist can also educate you on foods and drinks that may increase your risk of tooth decay as some foods such as lollies can affect the acid levels in your mouth which may lead to tooth decay.
Rather than holding off until something is wrong, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly.