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10 Reasons To Not Skip Your Half-Yearly Dental Appointments

Ad Min - Monday, November 05, 2018

Not many people like going to the dentist, it is understandable, but if you keep your half yearly dental appointments, your setting yourself up for poor oral and physical health. Good dental hygiene and healthy gums is not only the foundation of a healthy mouth, but also of a healthy body as well. In this article, we will look at the top 10 reasons why you need to visit your dental clinic at least once every six months for a regular dental check up.

1. Preventing bad breath: Bad breath is usually caused by dental problems. It could be as simple as food debris being stuck on or in between the teeth, especially in hard-to-reach places point during the routine dental cleaning and scaling, your dental hygienist will be able to reach even the places in your mouth that you will not be able to clean on your own. By getting rid of food debris collected on the surface of the teeth, you can get rid of bad breath as well. When the bacteria colonize beneath the gum line, only a dental professional will be able to do the cleaning that is sufficient to dislodge the bacteria. Persistent bad breath may also be caused due to other illnesses, and the half yearly dental visit is an excellent opportunity to find out.

2. Preventing gum diseases: Gum diseases can lead to a lot of discomfort, painful gums, bleeding while brushing and flossing, bad breath, and even loose teeth. If you have painful, sore, red, or bleeding gums you have to get in touch with your dental clinic immediately. During a dental visit comma your dentist will be able to spot gum diseases in early stages even before it starts showing its symptoms. Gum diseases can not only be treated completely, but even be reversed provided it is caught in the early stages. Your dentist will also be able to advise you on a better oral hygiene regime that you can follow at home in order to help your gum health.

3. Prevent other diseases of the body: Research has conclusively shown that poor oral hygiene has a direct connection and impact on several other diseases of the body as well. People who have poor oral health are highly likely to develop several diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even respiratory issues. By taking care of your mouth, you are essentially taking care of your whole body. This is one reason why you must ensure that your half yearly visit to the dentist is not skipped at all.

4. A more attractive and whiter smile: Teeth can look dull and lifeless due to several reasons, but most commonly due to external staining. If you are in the habit of smoking or drinking wine, tea, or other strongly coloured food items, it can take the teeth and make it look dull and dark. During a routine dental examination, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth which may get rid of these stains to a considerable extent. Such external stains can be quite persistent, and you may not be able to remove them just by brushing alone. At the dental clinic, there are many ways to remove the stains to bring back the natural colour of your teeth.

5. Preventing oral cancer: During a dental hygiene appointment, your dentist will also be looking at signs of oral cancer. Many people find out they have cancer in the mouth only when it is too late because the mouth is the last thing that you look into, so you miss the signs. During the dental appointment, if there are signs of oral cancer, your dentist will advise you to undergo further tests. The good thing is that oral cancer is completely curable provided you catch it early. Some of the risk factors of oral cancer include HPV infection, smoking, chewing tobacco etc.

6. To prevent tooth loss: Many people think that losing teeth is a natural part of the aging process. However, this is far from the truth. What causes age related tooth loss is not the age itself, but other dental problems. Gum disease is one of the most common reasons why adult patients lose teeth. Gum diseases when left untreated, can affect the root of the tooth and cause it to become loose. Sometimes they even fall out on their own. During the dental appointment, one of the top priorities is to spot and treat gum diseases, so it does not lead to loss of teeth.

7. Cleaning hard-to-reach areas: Some people think that because they have excellent oral hygiene, they do not need to see the dentist once every 6 months. While it is true that people with good oral hygiene will have less dental problems, it is still important to visit a dental hygienist every 6 months. It doesn't matter how well you are able to brush your teeth and floss, there will still be part of your mouth that is not possible for you to reach on your own. These parts, especially in the back of your mouth, can be cleaned thoroughly only using special tools that have the required reach.

8. Improving confidence: When your mouth feels clean, it also improves your confidence and self-esteem. If you have a white stain-free smile, you will be able to be yourself in social situations and interact with people without feeling self-conscious at all. When you know that you do not have bad breath, you will also feel more comfortable talking to people and even getting very close to them when the situation demands it. You also feel good and confident about the fact that you are taking care of your mouth, and therefore your overall physical health and wellbeing.

9. Detecting other dental issues: Even if you are visiting your dental clinic for just a simple cleaning, your hygienist may be able to spot problems such as defective fillings, infections of the gum, or early signs of decay that can be treated at the earliest. Not only the teeth, but the gums, cheeks, and the whole oral region are examined during a dental visit. This will help identify many problems before they become serious.

10. Stop gums from bleeding: If your gums bleed when you brush your class, it is a sign of inflammation of the gum. It can be an early indication of gum diseases. If it is identified early enough, it can be treated completely. The hard deposits on your teeth will be cleaned off, thus reducing bacterial infection and stopping the gums from bleeding.

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