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Has it been a while since your last dentist appointment? While visiting the dentist may be the last thing on your mind, not keeping up with regular appointments can end up costing you more than you realize. Here are some of the reasons why you should schedule a visit with a dentist.
Plaque And Calculus Cleanings
Even for those that brush and floss consistently, there are small areas in the mouth that can be missed by regular brushing and flossing. Plaque can build up, solidify, and turn into calculus/tatar which cannot be removed by a toothbrush; it will require a professional's help to remove.
Schedule a visit with one of our hygienists to start regular dental cleanings to address plaque and calculus. Failure to remove plaque and calculus can increase your risk for dental disease including cavities, periodontal disease and gingivitis. Prevention is key!
Gum Disease Examination
Not only can plaque and tartar contribute to cavities, but they can also impact gum and bone health. This occurs when plaque and calculus causes inflammation of the gums. In its early stages it is known as gingivitis. The symptoms include red or swollen gums and gums that bleed when you floss or brush.
When left undiagnosed and untreated, gingivitis can escalate to a more severe condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is inflammation of the gums that affects the supporting structures of the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can cause bone or even tooth loss. It is important that the symptoms of gum disease are caught early through regular dental visits before it progresses into something more severe.
Oral Cancer Detection
Dentists and hygienists are trained to recognize the signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is a disease caused by abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. Signs and symptoms of oral cancer include white or dark red patches in the mouth, lumps or changes in the texture or colour of the mouth tissues, and bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
Most cases of oral cancer can be treated if caught early enough. Making an appointment with your dentist and scheduling regular dental visits improves the chances of oral cancer detection.
Head, Neck, and Lymph Node Checks
During an exam or recare appointment, the dental professional will also check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes for any swelling, lumps, or other abnormalities. Your dentist will let you know if there is a reason for concern and will help direct you to the appropriate medical professional. Scheduling a regular dental checkup can ensure that these areas are monitored on a regular basis and any issues can be identified early.
Bad Habit Control
Most people aren't aware of how their daily habits can have an impact on their oral health. Habits such as biting your nails, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, eating sweets, drinking coffee and red wine, and smoking are all factors that can cause oral damage or staining.
Your dentist can check for any oral damage resulting from your habits that you may not have noticed. Knowing how these habits are impacting your oral health can give you the opportunity to reduce the damage by reducing the habit or reducing the effect on your oral health through treatment.
Make An Appointment
Scheduling a visit with a dentist can help with the early diagnosis and treatment of many oral health issues. If you are looking for a West Edmonton Dentist, our team of dentists at Refresh Dental will put a smile on your face with our customer service and friendly environment! Contact us to arrange an appointment today.
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