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Regular dental check ups are so important

26 October 2012

So what is the importance of dental check ups and regular cleaning? While not only beneficial for appearance sake, there are numerous health benefits.

For starters maintaining a regular dental check up schedule will ensure that any potential dental issues are quickly identified and treated before they can turn into painful, and highly expensive, medicals issues that may require surgery or permanent treatment options.

The importance of the regular check-up ranges from preventing fatal conditions to maintaining healthy gum and teeth so they are working at their optimal level. On one end of the scale, regular dental visits will clear you of any potential oral cancers which are highly curable if caught early on. On a lesser scale but perhaps far more prevalent is gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue and the bone. This is also true of cavities and broken fillings which, if left untreated can result in root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth.

On a superficial level, regular checkups prevent the build up of plaque and clean the teeth and gums to a healthy level, thereby reducing the onset of bad breath. Statistics show that 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath can attribute it to a dental problem and low dental surgery attendance.

So how regularly should you go come in for your dental checkups? Well a good rule of thumb is once every six months providing that you have not experienced any sensitivity, pain or discomfort anywhere around your jaw line of teeth.

However there are certain conditions that require more frequent visits to the dentist including periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene habits, high use of tobacco and alcohol, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medical conditions. These conditions can leave you with a higher risk of gum disease, oral cancer and cavities so it is important to visit us on a more regular basis.