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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Regular Dental Checkups

March 8, 2022

Have you ever been told you need to visit the dentist every 6 months? Ever skipped these dental appointments? There are several reasons why it’s recommended to schedule a dental checkup regularly (even if you feel like there’s nothing wrong with your teeth!). Here are our top reasons on why you need to schedule that appointment ASAP:

Oral Cancer Screening

Many people often catch oral cancer only once it has reached an advanced stage with severe symptoms. This deadly disease can be caught early, however, at your regular checkups with the dentist. We can screen for oral cancer by monitoring changes in your oral tissue between appointments. If you catch this condition in its early stages, a life may just be saved.

Detection of Gum Disease

Did you know gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to bone loss and may just cause your teeth to fall out? If caught early, however, it can be reversed. With regular cleaning, any tartar and plaque buildup lining your gums can be efficiently cleaned off. Swelling will reduce and any infection will be removed before they worsen your gum disease.

Reverse Tooth Demineralization

One of the first symptoms of a cavity is demineralization of the tooth. If you skip your dental checkup, these demineralized areas will spread and cover more surface area. A filling or dental treatment will be necessary at this stage. Your dentist will be able to detect weakened tooth surfaces, apply fluoride to strengthen it and stop a cavity from physically forming.

Avoid Bad Breath

While flossing and brushing regularly helps reduce any tartar buildup, only a professional can thoroughly clean your teeth. The accumulated bacteria often cause persistent bad breath that won’t be masked by a mouthwash.

You definitely don’t want to miss out on your professional dental cleaning every 6 months. Call Melton Dental Group today to schedule your next appointment!