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Why Regular Visits To The Dentist Are Important

regular-trips-dentistEver since you were a child, your dentists have recommended regular checkups and cleaning. Depending on your own dental health, this could have meant visiting your dentist as often as every three months or only once a year. Here are five good reasons why you need those regular checkups and cleaning.

An Ounce of Prevention

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true when it comes to dentistry. During a regular checkup, a dentist looks for conditions that increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious dental problems later. Routine cleaning removes hardened dental plaque, sometimes known as tartar or calculus, which is detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums. You cannot easily remove this dental plaque at home, even with regular brushing and flossing; professional scaling and cleaning is the only way to remove plaque effectively.

A Stitch in Time

“A stitch in time saves nine” certainly works to keep rips in clothing from growing worse, and the phrase is just as appropriate when talking about routine dental care. Routine checkups give dentists an opportunity to spot problems in the early stages of development, before they turn into larger dental issues. A dentist can reverse the damage of a cavity in its earliest stages by administering fluoride treatments that restore enamel. Left untreated, however, the cavity can grow to affect the dentin and pulp deep inside the tooth. Your dentist may be able to perform a root canal to save the tooth, but he or she may need to remove a severely damaged tooth.

Avoid Complications

Regular dental checkups make it easier to avoid complications. Proper identification and treatment of a decaying tooth can reduce the risk for a painful abscess, where pus builds up around the tooth. A bacterial infection resulting from an abscess can spread and cause a variety of conditions, including fluid-filled cysts in your mouth, sinus problems, bone infections in your face or infection throughout your body. In some cases, it can cause dangerous swelling and intense pain under your tongue and in your neck, or even a blood clot. Most of the time, you do not notice symptoms of these problems until they are in advanced stages — but your dentist can detect and treat these conditions in the earliest stages.

Save Money

Treating dental problems in the early stages is much less expensive than waiting until a serious problem has developed. A simple filling for a small cavity costs less than a root canal or tooth extraction and replacement.

Save Your Life

Your dentist at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers does more than save your teeth. When our dentists look in your mouth, they see important clues about your overall health, such as evidence of nutritional deficiencies, stress, eating disorders and even measles. Your dentist may be able to detect health problems occurring in other parts of your body outside of your mouth, such as some types of cancer. For more information about why regular visits to your dentist are important, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers today.

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