The Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups

People tend to wince when they think of going to the dentist. Scheduling regular visits to one, however, is important for the sake of your dental health. Here’s a few things that dentists check for during check-ups:

  • Gum Examination. Your gums are the foundation of your teeth, and having healthy gums ensures that they are in good health. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can irretrievably damage how well your teeth are held in place. They also irritate gum tissue, which can be very painful.
  • Loose and damaged teeth. The primary focus of your dental examination. Sometimes people do not notice that cavities have started to damage them, and catching cavities early can help prevent further pain down the line. Loose teeth can be signs of your gums weakening or new teeth starting to grow; both instances would be better with advance warning.
  • Tongue. Often ignored, your tongue is still part of your oral health. A thorough check-up will include it.
  • Checking on Braces and others. Many people make use of dental appliances these days. They all need to be taken care of, be they fillings or braces. A check-up will be the right time to see if they need replacement or adjustment.
  • Cleaning. After all the checking, dentists usually clean your teeth afterwards. This is more thorough than your daily brushing and can help remove any stubborn plaque deposits.
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