Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

A study done by the American Dental Association in 2013, tried to determine whether more frequent visits to the dentist were instrumental in preventing dental disease amongst people at high risk, as opposed to people who are not at high risk.

The level of risk was determined by the presence or lack thereof, of three conditions that put people at high risk. These are smoking, diabetes and the presence of interleukin-1 genetic variations. It was discovered that people at high risk would benefit measurably from more frequent check-ups and cleaning, whereas people who were not at such high risk were more likely to get away with seeing your family Delta dentist once a year.

Although the general rule is twice a year, the study recommended that the patient be guided by their dentist’s recommendations. Some patients may need to see the dentist more often than every six months.

The benefits of regular dental visits would include:

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  1. Stronger Cleaner Teeth and overall Dental Hygiene

Although strong, clean teeth are commendable and go a long way to enhancing your smile, this is not the only reason one should go to the dentist regularly.

During the regular check-up the dentist would:

  • Examine your gums looking for signs of gum disease
  • Checking for loose teeth
  • Examine the tissue in your mouth and your tongue for signs of cancer
  • Look for tooth decay
  • Check for damaged filings and broken teeth
  • Check your bite and the contact between your teeth.

Therefore, early detection of oral hygiene issues, especially the onset of gum disease, would be a very good reason for regular visits to the dentist.

  1. Better Digestion

During the chewing process the food in your mouth is not only ground down sufficiently to aid digestion, but the food is also mixed with saliva. Saliva starts to breakdown complex carbohydrates and proteins in your mouth and this will also aid immeasurably in digestion.

Broken or missing teeth and pain while chewing mean that we chew our food far less than we should. This means that the food is not mixed sufficiently with the correct quantity of saliva to start the chemical breakdown of your food. This puts extra strain on the digestive system.

  1. Early Detection of Systemic Issues

It is estimated that 90% of diseases that affect the whole body (systemic) show indications in the mouth. Dentists are healthcare professionals and as such are trained in a wide range of health issues.

Although a visit to the dentist cannot replace your yearly physical, the dentist can spot indications in your mouth of systemic health problems. Dentists can, in effect, act as an excellent early warning system. The dentist will then recommend that you consult your GP as soon as possible.

As Important as A Trip to the Doctor

It’s rather curious that some people would not miss their yearly physical, but will think twice before going for a regular visit to the dentist. If that regular physical is so important, why would a visit to dentist be less important? The obvious benefits of regular dental visits are self-explanatory, and should be treated with the same amount of urgency as any other healthcare appointment.