A regular dental check up is important because it can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Some medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. A regular checkup allows your dentist to detect problems such as gum disease or dry mouth and stop them before they become more serious.
During your visit, you will be screened for oral cancer. Your dentist will check for any abnormalities on your tongue, gums and inside your cheeks. They will look for lumps, red or white patches and mouth sores. The oral cancer screening can help spot the issue early on when there is chance for a cure.
The dentist will check for cavities. The exam will include a check for plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases. X-rays might also be taken to detect cavities between your teeth.
Your gums will be examined. This will be done with a special tool to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper.
Regular dental visits are important to help spot these oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. According to the American Dental Association, you should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
Keeping your mouth healthy is essential to your physical health. It’s important to let your dentist know if there have been any changes in your overall health. Talk to your dentist. Only he/she can can determine what the best treatment plan is for you.