Dental Check-ups Let Dentists Find and Fix Problems Early

A big mistake that can ruin your mouth and health

A lot of people do not have a problem skipping out on their dental appointment. The problem is that they think very little about it, and do not realize that they may be hurting their teeth and their overall health. A dental check-up can help you keep your smile longer.

Stop Cavities

Cavities are a decay that takes place on a tooth or teeth. It is caused by the bacteria that are naturally found in your mouth. When you consume sugar, some of the bacteria produce acid, which erodes the enamel on your teeth. Eating a lot of sugary foods and drinks means you will develop more cavities in less time.

Save Money

Dental problems are not going to get better. This means that the longer you let a dental problem go, the more it is going to cost to repair it. Cavities and infection – think gum disease – spread. At some point, it is going to cost more than you want to pay – making you wish you had taken care of it a lot sooner. 

Protect Your Teeth

Gum disease starts out as gingivitis, which is the mild form. The primary reason it gets started is because of a lack of good oral care – not enough brushing of teeth and flossing. At this stage, there is very little damage occurring in your gums or elsewhere. The symptoms are simply red or inflamed gums and gums that bleed.

As the gum disease progresses, it will become periodontitis – if it is not treated. Now it starts to get serious, but it may do so slowly. It will also do it without causing much pain and you may not even notice until a lot of damage has already taken place. The inflammation and your immune system begin to attack your gums, the support structures for your teeth, and your jawbone. Before long, your teeth will start to become loose, and may even fall out. 

In a regular dental cleaning, the dentist will notice the presence of gum disease. It can be spotted, treated and stopped rather easily if you make a regular dentist appointment.  

People with certain health problems are more apt to have problems with gum disease. If you have one of the following health conditions, it is even more important that you make regular dental visits.

  • You smoke

  • Already have gum disease

  • Have diabetes

  • Are pregnant

  • Have a lot of cavities

Protect Your Overall Health

As periodontal disease slowly becomes worse, it will affect much more than just your teeth, gums, and jawbone. The bacteria and inflammation will gain access to your gums in the early stages. From there, they have access to your bloodstream and they will travel throughout your body.  

It will start to accumulate in various blood vessels and in your organs. It can cause blockages and affect every organ in your body. Recent research has revealed that the inflammation and bacteria are responsible for many serious health problems including cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, Parkinson's, ED, infertility, and many more. 

Oral Cancer Screenings

Many dentists will provide an oral cancer screening when you go for a dental checkup and cleaning. If they do not provide it, you can ask them to. This disease is affecting more people each year, with 53,000 new cases expected this year. Of that number, about half will not survive the five-year mark. Making regular visits to the dentist can enable it to be spotted early, which is so important for successful treatment. People with high-risk levels (use tobacco, lots of alcohol, have oral HPV) especially should make sure that they get regular dental cleanings. 

Checkups with Braces

If you wear braces, it is very important to make regular dentist visits. Because wearing braces means it is going to be much harder to clean your teeth, it also means that you may be missing spots. This means that you are leaving the bacteria that produce acid on your teeth longer, and cavities will develop, and possibly gum disease. A dentist can see the buildup and remove it for you, helping you to have healthier teeth with your braces. 

Keep Your Teeth Looking Good

While you are sitting in the dentist's chair, the dentist will clean your teeth. This involves removing stains, plaque, and tartar, to make your teeth look good again. You will also be told about any places you may be missing with your toothbrush. 

If you have been without a dental check-up lately, you may be surprised to learn your teeth are not in the good condition you had hoped. Unfortunately, it may also cost more than you would like. Make that dentist appointment today and get a dental cleaning from Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist. He provides many dental services for the whole family, including cosmetic dentistry. His offices are in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas and nearly all dental insurance plans are accepted. For a consultation or dental checkup, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.