At Rebol Family Dentistry, we think there are lots of reasons that a person should go see their dentist, least of all our wonderful doctors, which is why we were so surprised to find out that, according to a poll, only around 65% of adults in the United States see a dentist annually.
We’ve narrowed down the options to compile a list of 10 great reasons that you (and your loved ones!) should see your dentist, in Asheville or otherwise, this fall.
1) Tartar, Plaque & Cavities
Tartar, plaque, and cavities are a problem for even the most diligent brushers and consistent flossers, and the majority of us making common mistakes. Built up plaque becomes harder to remove, turning into tartar over time. Solidified tartar is both difficult to excavate and hazardous to the health of your mouth. Visits to the dentist are actually much less intense if they happen more regularly.
Regular dentist visits prevent tartar from eroding teeth or creating holes in them, which is how cavities are created. It’s hard to catch a cavity as its being created; likely, you will only know after it’s too late. Once the damage is done, you will have to return to the dentist and have your cavities filled. Why not save a buck and go in for regular check-ups instead?
2) Address Pain
Pain and swelling anywhere in the face and jaw should be checked out to ascertain its exact cause. Toothaches are one of the top symptoms that dentists look out for, so if you have one that’s been bothering you, pop in for a check-up.
3) Check Up on Past Dental Work
Dental work, like other medical interventions, requires regular check-ups with professionals. If you have had crowns, fillings, dental implants or dentures, come by your Asheville dentist for a quick inspection.
4) Gum Disease
Gum disease is a possible effect of unattended tartar. This happens when tartar buildup leads to an infection in the area where the gum is connected to the tooth, causing the gum to retreat from the tooth. This is known as gingivitis and can generate a breakdown in tissue that attaches your gums to your teeth.
5) Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a very serious and unfortunate disease, affecting thousands each year. The early onset signs of oral cancer are as yet unknown, however, dentists are highly trained in detecting the symptoms of oral cancer. Fortunately, early-stage oral cancer is often easily treatable. Recognizing oral cancer in its early stages is key to successfully treating it. You may not recognize certain abnormalities, but your dentist will.
Seeing a dentist while you’re pregnant is not only safe, it’s smart. Pregnancy can exacerbate certain dental conditions, so it’s important to make regular appointments.
7) Head, Neck & Lymph Node Checks
Your dentist won’t just check your teeth and jaw during a regular appointment, they’ll also extend their check up to your head, neck, and lymph nodes to look for any swelling or abnormalities, which could be a sign of a major health issue.
8) Dry Mouth
Persistent dry mouth, or the feeling of always being parched, could be a sign of a medical issue or medication side effect. Talk to your dentist about it.
9) Tobacco Use
The use of chewing tobacco or cigarettes is a well-known impediment to good oral health. Checking in with your dentist could save you from developing oral cancer as a result of tobacco use.
10) Mouth Spots & Sores
Mouth sores can be quite typical. Common ones include cold sores, canker sores, or candidiasis, which vary in severity and cause. If you have a spot or sore that’s lasted longer than a week or doesn’t appear right, have your dentist take a look. It could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from a virus, bacteria or disorder; or an irritant caused by dentures, braces, or other types of hardware.
Regular dental visits may seem like a pain or an inconvenience, but, coupled with other good habits, they should keep your mouth healthy and clear for years to come. Contact our Asheville dental practice to make an appointment, and remember that we are a family dental office and as such welcome patients of all ages.