Are you one of the many people who practice good dental habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding too many sugary foods? Have you gone to the dentist as recommended but are told your teeth look healthy? If so, you may wonder if your dental checkups are necessary. Is it worth your time? Yes, even people with ideal dental habits need regular dental checkups, and here’s why:
- Dentists do preventative work – Your dentist isn’t just there to solve problems when they happen, but to keep the problems from happening in the first place. At your dental checkup, your dentist or dental hygienist can remove plaque that has built up over the last several months. Toothbrushes and floss help a lot, but they don’t get everything. If the plaque is not removed it can embed underneath gum tissue and may lead to periodontal disease.
- Thorough examination – Some cavities and conditions can be difficult to detect. With thorough x-rays and examinations, you can rest assured knowing there are no underlying issues that need to be addressed.
- Other health issues – Did you know dentists look for other issues besides dental decay? Along with your teeth and gum health, dentists can also look for signs of oral cancer, vitamin deficiencies and diabetes. Their trained eye knows what signals to watch for and what action to take when abnormalities are detected. They also keep a watch on your jaw, bite, face, and neck. Your dental checkup can be a simple way of catching big problems early on.
At the office of Kenneth R. Russell DDS, we are here to offer you the best in dental care. We strive for customer satisfaction and work with patients of all ages. If it’s time for your dental checkup, give us a call today.