There are many oral conditions that don’t show symptoms in their early stages.
In order to detect these conditions in time to have them treated sufficiently, it is crucial to see your dentist every six months, even if your teeth aren’t hurting and nothing feels out of the ordinary.
Here are a few reasons it is so incredibly important to see a dentist on a regular basis:
- If you haven’t seen your dentist recently, you may have tooth decay and not realize it. When the tooth first begins to decay, you may not experience the pain or sensitivity typically associated with a cavity. Any decay should be treated immediately to avoid the need for a root canal or losing the tooth; by catching it early, the procedure is much simpler.
- Many people unknowingly have gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. The condition is treatable, but if it advances to become periodontitis, the condition can only be managed rather than cured. Gum disease threatens the health of your entire body, so it is wise to detect and treat it as early as possible.
- During your routine exam, you will receive an oral cancer screening. If anything is found during your screening, you can be referred to a specialist and begin treatment as soon as possible.
- If you are unhappy with your bite or the way your smile looks, your dentist can offer suggestions. You may discover there are treatments that can significantly improve your smile.
It’s much better to detect and treat problems as soon as possible than to wait until they become painful, expensive, and perhaps even irreversible.
Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, there may be an underlying problem threatening your oral health.
Make it a priority to schedule your dental checkup every six months to prevent serious conditions and enjoy consistently good dental health.