Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups

Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups

November 16, 2018

It might seem like a hassle to visit the dentist every six months – and you might even be tempted to skip an appointment – but be assured that these visits are very important to your oral health. At Sferra Dental, and, in fact, most dental offices, it’s recommended that you keep dental appointments once every six months. Here are a few reasons why these appointments in New York, NY are so important.

Oral cancer detection

Like other forms of cancer, oral cancer is an extremely serious disease. It can be especially threatening because it doesn’t present any obvious symptoms when in its early stages. Only a highly-trained professional, your dentist, can recognize the signs and symptoms of the early stages of oral cancer. Diagnosing oral cancer in its early stages increases the chances of successfully treating it. Visiting your dentist every six months gives your dentist the chance to catch signs of oral cancer before they become a bigger problem.

Plaque, tartar, and cavities

Even if you maintain an oral care routine as you should, with daily brushing and flossing, there will be areas of the mouth that you simply aren’t able to reach on your own. These areas are good places for plaque to build up, where it can eventually harden into tartar. Both these substances can lead to cavities forming. Having regular dental cleanings removes plaque and tartar, keeping the teeth healthy.

Gum disease

Not only can plaque and tartar lead to damage to the teeth, but they can cause damage to the gums as well. If tartar buildup leads to an infection in the gum tissue, it can cause it to pull away from the tooth. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is the easiest to treat. However, if it is not caught in time (such as during a regular dental checkup), it can progress into a more advanced stage that can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Keeping bad habits in check

Most of us have bad habits, but there are some that can affect oral health that you might not be aware of. These include chewing ice, biting nails, grinding teeth, brushing too hard, and smoking. Visits to your dentist at Sferra Dental can inform you of any damage caused by these bad habits that you may need to try to drop.

Find problems under the surface with x-rays

X-rays are usually taken once a year and they are very useful for alerting dental professionals of issues that could be developing under the surfaces of the mouth. Impacted teeth, bone decay, tumors and more can be detected through x-rays.

Head, neck, and lymph node checks

Did you know that oral health is connected to overall health? By checking your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes (located just below the jawline) for swelling, lumps, or other abnormalities, your dentist could be alerted to a major health issue. He can then refer you to the appropriate medical professional to seek treatment before it progresses to a more serious stage.

As you can see, though it may seem inconvenient, visiting the dentist twice a year for about an hour each time can be worth the effort. There are so many benefits to such a minor appointment that it doesn’t seem worth it to skip it. If it has been a while since your last checkup, schedule an appointment at Sferra Dental in New York, NY today.