We all know that dentists are always there and that we can count on them when we need them to take care of severe caries, to get whiter teeth or to remind us to floss every day. But maintaining good oral health is as important as keeping the health of any other part of our body, so dentists recommend that you do a dental checkup at least once a year. A visit to the dental clinic can alert you to significant problems, such as those described below, and early detection is vital to prevent them all.
Prevent periodontal disease
The periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis and periodontitis, is a significant cause of tooth loss in adults. In its main phases, periodontal disease begins with the accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the mouth, which inflames the gums and makes them bleed easily. If left untreated, the bacteria may leak below the gum line, where they begin to deteriorate the bone and tissues that support the tooth in place. Regular dental cleanings and regular dental examinations, along with a good oral hygiene routine based on brushing and flossing, can significantly reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
Detect oral cancer
More than 5,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in Spain in 2013, of which 1,200 lost their lives. The oral cavity, which includes the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, palate or floor of the mouth, is as dangerous to cancer as any other part of our body. And as with other diseases, there are also risk factors that are very clear. The 75% of oral cancers are related to consuming excessive alcohol and snuff, but there are also other factors that contribute to increasing the risk: bad oral hygiene, poor nutrition, and infections caused by bacteria and viruses. If it is detected and treated early, oral cancer can be overcome in most exceptional cases, so it is necessary to visit the dentist frequently so that the dentist can evaluate your oral history and rule out any symptoms of this disease, such as lumps, sores or rough areas on the tongue.
Avoid dental emergencies
If you regularly visit with your dentist, any dental problem for as little as you may be suffering without knowing it can be anticipated and prevented before it develops into a dental emergency that can be very harmful and painful. During the normal dental examination, your dentist can detect early signs of problems such as tooth decay, impaired fillings or periodontal disease; problems that if neglected may require extensive treatments, surgeries or extractions that are more expensive and unpleasant. To bypass costly procedures and painful incidents in the future, it is essential that you follow a dental prevention program that includes a visit to the dentist at least one year.