Everyone knows the importance of daily brushing and flossing, however, some are unaware of the necessity of seeing a dentist regularly for exams, cleanings, and proper dental care. It is recommended that most people see their dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. However, depending on someone’s individual needs, appropriate dental care might require more frequent or fewer visits. This is largely based on a person’s dental health history. However, other medical issues could also play a role in this determination. Here are some benefits associated with regular dental exams and cleanings.
1. Better Smile–If an individual is a coffee or tea drinker or a smoker, more frequent dental care might be deemed necessary. This is because substances such as wine, tea, coffee, and/or tobacco can stain the teeth. Dental cleanings can remove stains and leave a person with a freshly polished set of choppers. A whiter, brighter smile is the end result.
2. Better Breath–Good dental health and oral hygiene practices are the best way to protect the teeth, as well as prevent halitosis (bad breath). Even if someone is in the habit of brushing and flossing daily, a schedule of regular dental exams and cleanings is a wonderful way to keep the mouth fresh, clean, and odor-free.
3. Improved Overall Health and Well-Being–Studies have established the link between oral health and an individual’s overall well-being. Regular dental cleanings could help reduce the risk of life-threatening illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke to name a few. Moreover, many medical conditions, some of which can be serious and/or life-altering, can be detected in their early stages via routine oral care from a dentist. If any issues arise, the dentist can make sure the patient is aware of the situation and promptly provided with medical care.
4. Prevent Gum Disease–Gum disease, which is also known as gingivitis and/or periodontal disease, begins with a build-up of plaque. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease progresses, plaque can invade and erode other areas of the mouth include the jawbone (mandible). This could result in tooth loss and a myriad of other health-related issues. However, regular dental care, combined with good oral hygiene, will greatly reduce the risk of developing gum disease and many other potential problems associated with it.
5. Reduced Risk of Cavities–Plaque, which is characterized by a whitish build-up on the teeth, is the leading cause of tooth decay. This substance erodes the tooth enamel and can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by regular dental cleanings, flossing, and brushing. Furthermore, any cavities that are slow to form can be monitored via regular dental care and routine visits to the dentist.
Other benefits associated with regular dental care include the fact that most insurance plans have low or no co-payments for regular dental cleanings and oral exams. Additionally, some insurance providers offer lower premiums and/or rebate checks for preventative care services. Moreover, preventative care can help an individual or family avoid more costly and extensive procedures in the future. Furthermore, if a person takes advantage of such benefits now, they will save money in the long run by protecting their oral health and safeguarding their overall well-being. An investment in preventative services, such as regular dental care and wellness checks, is an investment in the future. These benefits associated with regular dental care can not only protect a person’s health and well-being but also their pocketbook–now and in the future.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
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