The common recommendation by dentists is for everyone to get a routine exam and cleaning at least once every six months. However, it is common for people to visit their dentist much less frequently than this. This commonplace practice of skipping a dental appointment could be a contributing factor to why chronic conditions like tooth decay and gum disease are so prevalent among adults and children. By regularly getting a dental exam and cleaning, you improve your chances of preventing these conditions. Along with cleaning and inspecting your teeth, routine dental exams allow for your dentist to thoroughly check for any signs of trouble in your mouth. The earlier that something is identified, the earlier (and more simply and cost-effectively) it can be treated.
Early Treatment Is Often Less Extensive
If you wait to treat a condition like a damaged tooth, the condition can continue to worsen while you procrastinate. You may wait until to see your dentist until you are in severe pain, which is usually at a problematic stage. Instead of waiting until you notice pain or a problem to visit your dentist, a routine exam allows your dentist to detect signs of potential issues, which can help you avoid the need for complex or extensive treatment. For example, if your dentist notices early signs of tooth decay, it may be reversed. However, once tooth decay erodes your dental enamel and gets within the tooth’s inner structure, a root canal treatment may be required to save and restore the tooth.
Protecting Your Overall Health
A routine exam involves checking the health and integrity of your teeth, as well as thoroughly inspecting your periodontal and oral tissues to check for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and more. Gum disesase has strong links to health conditions like heart disease and diabetes when it is allowed to develop. Detecting and treating conditions like gum disease or oral cancer early are good ways to help protect your overall health.
When was your last dental exam?
Exams every six months or twice a year are important to your oral health. To schedule an appointment , call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.