Why Prevention is the Best Solution to Dental Problems
Spending your afternoon at the dentist is a few people’s idea of a good time - but regular dental check-ups are crucial towards maintaining overall health.
Our oral health has improved significantly in the last 50 years - we’ve gone from dentists desperately trying to treat problems; to establishing regular check-ups and routines; to try and prevent them from happening in the first place.
While extremely important, flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day just isn’t enough to deal with the long-term effects of the daily use our teeth are subject to. Many dental and gum problems don’t become apparent (visually or causing pain) until they are in more advanced stages.
Issues like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer are much more manageable to treat if they are found and treated early. And only a dentist knows what to look for.
“Promptness in treating decay is crucial - many people don’t believe they have a cavity because they are not experiencing pain. But pain caused by tooth decay signals the decay is quite advanced.” - Dr. Holman Yu
On average, visiting the dentist twice a year will ensure any dental and gum issues are prevented, or at the very least caught and treated early.
However, ensuring oral health means different things for different people - some people may need to go four times a year, whereas others are fine just going once. The best person to make this decision is a qualified professional, so make sure you discuss how often you should be in the chair with your dentist.
Visiting the dentist for regular check-ups is especially important if you fall into a ‘high-risk’ group. This includes smokers, pregnant women, diabetics, those prone to gum disease or cavities, and people with a weak immune system.
While it’s certainly not at the top of your list, going to the dentist is an important component of overall health - determine what frequency works for you and your lifestyle, and stick to it!
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