We live in a fast-paced life, and more often than not, our dental care usually takes a back seat. However, ignoring our oral care can have serious consequences not only to your oral health but overall wellness. Poor dental practices increase your risk of cavities, gum infections, weak teeth, and many other dental problems.
The American Dental Association advises both children and adults to get a comprehensive dental assessment every six months. This may seem cumbersome, but here are six reasons why you may want to consider visiting a dental clinic near you.
Cavities are silent enemies, meaning they develop slowly, and by the time you notice them is usually too late. Visiting our dentist in Gillette bi-annually will increase the chances of detecting the cavities early and initiating treatment on time.
Remember decay can damage your teeth and lead to tooth extraction. Tooth removal is not a process to look forward to. This is because once your permanent teeth are removed, they will not grow back. You will have unsightly gaps that affect your appearance and dental structure as well.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 53,000 people are affected by oral cancer every year, and one person dies every 24 hours. Oral cancer accounts for about 30 percent of the total cases.
The problem with mouth cancer is not the lack of diagnostic tools but the late detection of the disease. This is influenced by the reluctance of people to get tested.
Getting oral cancer screening increases your chances of surviving the disease. We perform the screening with every dental assessment.
Although it is not a diagnostic tool, oral cancer screening can detect abnormalities in the mouth.
Oral cancer is asymptomatic in the early stages, and it’s only through regular screening can you detect it and get treatment on time.
Just like most oral health conditions, gum disease has no symptoms in the beginning. Most people tend to develop symptoms when the disease is in the advanced stages.
During your regular dental checkup, we perform a dental exam and cleaning. The teeth cleaning is done to remove any plaque accumulation.
If you have tartar buildup (the primary cause of gum disease), the dentist will recommend deep teeth cleaning. This will help to prevent gum inflammation and disease.
The dentist does not only examine your gums and teeth. However, he will also check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes for any swelling or abnormalities.
Swollen lymph nodes are not painful, but they could be a sign of cancer or other diseases that require immediate treatment.
Problems like impacted teeth, improper jaw growth are not visible to the naked eye until they are well advanced and are causing pain. When you visit the dentist every six months, he can perform an x-ray and other diagnostic processes. This helps to detect other hidden problems that need attention.
It is difficult to see a problem in the jaw, such as injury or bone decay without an x-ray.
Remember most destructive dental problems show little or no symptoms, but progress relatively fast. But, with the bi-annual checkups, you can stay ahead and get the necessary assistance on time.
Habits like clenching and grinding may seem harmless but can affect your jaw and cause jaw disorders like the TMJ. When you visit your dentist, he will be able to assess your jaw and recommend the necessary treatment. Often, the dentist may recommend mouthguards that will help to reduce the effects of bruxism.
When you come for your routine checkup, the dentist will first examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. Next, teeth cleaning will be done to get rid of plaques. The process is not painful, so anesthesia is rarely used.
Visit Mountain West Dental clinic for more information on your general dentistry services in Gillette, WY.