We all know that regular dental check-ups are important, but between work, busy social lives and other health checks often taking priority, it’s not uncommon to accidentally skip an appointment. But what are the benefits of regular dental check-ups?
Detecting oral cancer
Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is a cancer of the lining of the lips, mouth or upper throat. It is the sixth most common cancer in the world and is less common in the UK. But that doesn’t make it impossible. At your regular dental check-up, your dentist will examine your mouth and check for early symptoms of oral cancer such as red or white patches. As with all types of cancer, the sooner it’s discovered, the more likely a full recovery will be.
Detecting gum disease
Gum disease is a common condition caused by a build-up of plaque, where the gums become sore, swollen or infected. Your gums may bleed when you brush them and you might have bad breath. If gum disease is not treated, it can lead to a condition called periodontitis which affects the tissues that keep teeth in place. If this is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss. A regular check-up with your dentist can keep an eye on your gums and ensure that if you have early signs of gum disease, it is treated quickly and effectively.
Oral cancer, gum disease and other issues such as tooth cracking are distressing health problems that can cause a lot of distress, further appointments and expense. If you regularly attend dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to spot the signs of developing issues before they become a problem, saving you a lot of hassle further down the line.
A good night’s sleep
If you’re not sleeping well, the last thing you might blame this on is your teeth. However, grinding teeth when you sleep is a common symptom of stress and could be linked to sleep apnea. An appointment with your dentist can tell if you’re grinding your teeth and can give you a mouth guard or refer you to a specialist for further guidance.
A proper clean
Our teeth go through a lot every day. Substances such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, tobacco, curries and soy sauce can stain teeth, leaving them looking less than dazzling. Regular teeth cleaning is a part of a dental check-up, and your dentist can remove stains like these. They can also remove any hard plaque that has built up, leaving your mouth feeling fresh.
Setting a good example
A lot of children find the idea of someone poking around their mouth quite daunting – and you may not love it either. However, if you attend your regular check-ups, you’re setting a good example for your children and promoting proper oral hygiene.
So, if you’re overdue a check-up book an appointment today. There are plenty of benefits, and your mouth will thank you for it.