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If My Teeth Look Fine, Why Do I Need a Dental Checkup?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
cartoon illustration of a tooth with a question about why we need regular checkupsWe understand that going to a dental appointment can be inconvenient, especially if you have to take off work. However, there are very few checkups that can have such an impact on not only your dental health but your overall health as well. Even if your teeth look great, you need to schedule dental checkups every six months.

You Can Avoid Serious Tooth Decay

No cavity starts out large. All cavities start as a tiny speck of bacteria that gradually eats away at your tooth enamel, creating holes in your teeth. If you do not get your teeth checked on a regular basis, that tiny hole will grow large.

Eventually, the cavity will reach your tooth pulp, which may be the first time you experience tooth pain. The cavity continues to eat away at your tooth until the tooth dies. If you go for your regular dental checkups, a dentist can spot a cavity and immediately fix it, which takes care of the problem. Also, our dentist will be able to give you advice about why you may have a cavity in the first place - perhaps you are missing that tooth when you brush or floss, for example.

Gum Disease and Inflammation

Gum disease causes bad breath, mouth infections, and tooth loss. Like tooth decay, gum disease starts out small but gradually progresses to seriously damage your gum tissue. Your gum tissue can begin to retract due to the disease, which can cause your teeth to fall out.

Also, gum disease leads to infection and inflammation - not only in your mouth but also throughout your body. The American Dental Association noted that inflammation from gum disease can travel to your heart muscle and valves, which leads to heart disease. Also, gum disease makes regulating blood sugar for diabetes much more difficult to accomplish. There are research studies that point to inflammation as one of the causes of dementia as well. Regular checkups from a dentist allow you to fight gum disease before it becomes too severe.

Be sure to give our office a call today. It is time to schedule your next dental appointment!

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