The Importance of Your Annual Dental Check-up

In your busy life, it can be hard to find time for yourself. There often isn’t enough time for the things you want to do, much less the things you can put off like regular dental checkups. But there’s a good reason why you should make the effort to have regular checkups with the dentist.

Taking care of your teeth requires regular visits to the dentist. We can make sure your teeth are healthy and resolve small problems before they become much bigger and more expensive to fix. In this blog, the providers at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry explain the reasons why your annual dental checkups are so important.

What happens during a dental visit

Dental visits are about more than just cleaning your teeth. During a dental visit, the dentist examines your teeth, gums, and mouth for an overall evaluation of your oral health. You’ll also be required to get X-rays every couple of years for an indicator of what’s going on with your teeth beneath the surface.

The dentist may examine your neck and lymph nodes, as this can indicate signs of oral cancer. They’ll also evaluate your teeth and gums for loose teeth, signs of cavities (also known as dental caries), and early signs of gum disease. Your dentist is just as important to maintaining your health as your family doctor.

Why dental cleaning is so important

Your mouth always feels so clean and refreshed after a dental cleaning, but that isn’t the only reason that it’s usually included with your exam. A dental cleaning scrapes away the plaque and tartar that build up for everyone over time, even if you have great brushing and flossing habits.

Cleaning away the tartar is so important because left untreated, it can lead to hardening on the teeth and further gum irritation. Simply cleaning your teeth at home with regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. In addition to removing plaque and tartar, we also polish your teeth, which is what provides that nice, clean feeling.

The importance of screening your gums

Changes to the health of your gums occur slowly over time. At first, you might not even notice that your gum health has changed. By the time it gets to a point that you do notice it, it might be too late to easily fix it.

Developing gum disease is nearly always preventable, though some people are more genetically predisposed to it than others. Gum disease can have serious negative consequences, not just for your teeth, but for your overall health.

Untreated gum disease can lead to other health problems, including heart disease and strokes. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease can circulate throughout your entire body. It isn’t worth the potential risks by missing something that could have been caught early with proper dental care.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is so important for your overall health that it’s worth the time to make and keep your appointment. If you would like to make an appointment for your next dental checkup, call the providers at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today, or request an appointment online.

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