Although at-home habits like brushing, flossing and limiting sugar intake are certainly important to maintain beautiful, healthy teeth, these efforts simply aren’t enough. It’s crucial to visit a dentist at least once a year (ideally, every six months) for an exam and a professional cleaning.
Here’s why regular visits to the dentist are vital to optimal oral health:
Avoid Serious Dental Problems
Dentists are equipped and trained to spot potential “problem areas” in the teeth and gums. They can detect early signs of decay and intervene with treatment before the problem evolves into advanced periodontal disease or a cavity requiring costly, invasive dental care.
Refine Your Brushing/Flossing Techniques
The dental hygienists at your dentist’s office are essentially expert tooth brush-ers and floss-ers, They also love to pass on tips and tricks for better at-home oral hygiene habits. They may even suggest the most effective type of toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
Receive a Thorough Cleaning
Your dentist and dental hygienist uses professional tools and techniques to access the nooks and crannies that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. Also, they are much more adept at cleaning under the gum line, where bacteria and tartar are prone to accumulate.
Protect Heart Health
Research continues to show a link between gum disease and other systemic diseases, including heart disease. Catching and treating gum disease in its earliest stages may prevent other health problems from someday developing.
Screen for Oral Cancer
Dentists are equipped with advanced oral cancer screening technology; also, they are trained to visually spot lumps or white/red skin patches that signal oral cancer.
Note: If you regularly drink or smoke, you are at an increased risk of oral cancer and should be especially diligent about scheduling regular dental visits.
Explore Cosmetic Enhancement Options
If you’re bothered by a cosmetic flaw in your smile (e.g., a spacing issue, stain or excessive dental wear), your dentist can explore treatment options with you. Improving the aesthetics of your smile — via a set of porcelain veneers or a tooth whitening treatment, for example — can have a tremendous effect on your self-confidence.
Repair Structural Problems
Chips, cracks and gaps between the teeth can make it difficult to eat normally and may even lead to issues of malnutrition. Your dentist can recommend treatment options such as a dental bridge or dental implant to repair the problem and restore normal chewing function.
Attain a More Beautiful Smile
If your dentist has recommended you pursue a tooth replacement option, like dental implants in Orlando, please contact Dr. Ronald Trevisani. Dr. Trevisani is an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has helped numerous patients achieve better oral health and dental function through implant treatment.