Dental visits aren’t only about poking around in your mouth and informing you about your poor brushing habits.
They can save your life.
What can a dentist do to make your life so much better?
Let’s delve forward to find out!
Your Dentist and You
Few people have fun at the dentist. Dentist visits can be awkward, painful, and sometimes long and boring. This makes it even more frustrating when you don’t care about having a perfect, bleach white smile.
Your dentist does far more than make your smile nice and straight. That is a side benefit, but your mouth is a centerpiece that leads to the rest of your body. There are signals that your dentist can spot that leads to a wide variety of issues.
The Benefits of Dental Visits
It might surprise you what all can occur in a simple dentist visit. Even if you don’t get all the extra scans and check-ups, there are a great number of simple benefits.
Here are some of the big ones.
1. Keeping Your Teeth Intact
The obvious reason anyone goes to the dentist is to take care of their teeth. Dentists have the tools and knowledge to combat what brushing and flossing cannot.
Even if you are diligent in taking care of your teeth, there is also something that may get missed.
Bits of plaque build up into tarter which dissolves your teeth to cause cavities. Tarter is close to impossible to remove without dentist tools and skills. Without bi-yearly cleanings, your teeth may reach a point of no return.
2. Catching Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is one of the more insidious forms of cancer, as it can lay in hiding for years before becoming a serious threat to your life.
A dentist has the training to spot all of the signs that can lead to oral cancer. Through this, a dentist visit can give you that vital warning signs of oral cancer that can help you find the treatment you need.
3. Preventing Gum Disease
Plaque and tarter do more than build up and mess with your teeth. They begin to spread harmful gum disease that can break down the tissues and bones in your mouth and jaw.
The biggest concern here, besides the destruction of your mouth, is that advanced enough gum disease requires massive amounts of care beyond what your dentist can provide.
This means you’ll need the help of specialists, which can lead to surgeries, medications, drastic cleanings, and more.
4. Oral Examinations and X-Rays
The usual x-rays that come with routine checkups can reveal some very intense things going on in your mouth.
They focus on what is going on beneath, such as damage to the jawbone or impact teeth. Through these x-rays, your dentist will be able to determine what is the cause of that damage.
Certain damages are easy. Accidents and misaligned teeth can be a quick answer to the problem. In other cases, it may be a hint at a much more severe problem.
A Candida infection could be a sign of onset diabetes. Cysts or tumors may be close to impossible to detect outside of x-rays.
Acting before any of these concerns become a major problem will be key to your overall health.
5. Lymph Nodes and Larger Problems
The outside of your mouth may not feel like your dentist’s domain. Yet, good professionals may check your head, neck, and lymph nodes for any signs of larger diseases.
The lymph nodes, in particular, can be a big problem. They do not hurt when they swell, but swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of cancer or certain other diseases.
In this way, your dentist may be the early warning bell that saves your life (a third time, by this list’s count).
6. Saving Money in the Long Run
All of these problems listed above revolve around one thing: expensive medical procedures.
Between keeping up with avoidable teeth and gum health, a dentist may help you prevent a variety of diseases and concerns.
This also prevents you from getting more and more medical procedures to deal with the damage all of those prevented health problems would have caused.
Fewer procedures equals more money saved.
7. Helping to Avoid Bad Habits
There are a large number of bad habits you may not even know you have. These habits can be minor, or they could cause major problems for you down the line. You may not notice them, but your dentists might.
Chewing on ice, biting your nails, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, sticky sweets, drinking coffee, red wine, or smoking are all habits that your dentists can notice and help you break.
Do Yourself a Healthy Favor
Skipping a trip to the dentist may not be in your best interest. There is so much more to a dentist trip than a bit of teeth cleaning and a new toothbrush.
There is a lot of overlap in many medical professions. It is not only a general doctor that can help diagnose medical issues and treat the ailing problems of your body.
Specialists, like your dentists, focus on one key aspect of your body, but every aspect of your body is connected.
Dentists aren’t perfect, and a single visit may not guarantee that all the problems in your body care discovered and solved. Not visiting at all, though, will guarantee that you may miss something vital and preventable going on in your body.
A Happy Mouth, A Happy Life
Keeping up with your oral health has so much more to deal with your overall health than you may have known. Now those dental visits don’t seem so silly.
The best thing you can do for yourself going forward is taking care of the little details in your life. Don’t have a dentist of your own? We can fix that today!