If you’re like many people, you may be tempted to skip your regularly scheduled six-month dental checkups, but doing so isn’t in your best interests. One of the main factors of good oral health is preventative maintenance, and checkups offer an excellent way to identify potential issues before they become major problems, minimizing the chances that you’ll be dealing with unwelcome surprises later on.
Following are three reasons not to ditch your dental checkups.
Oral Cancer Detection
Dentists are trained to recognize symptoms of oral cancer, and when caught in the early stages, the disease is often treatable. Your dentist knows what to look for and can also perform a non-invasive VELscope Cancer exam designed to detect oral cancer in its very early stages. The procedure doesn’t last longer than a couple of minutes and could save your life.
Your dentist will also check the lymph nodes in your neck and jaw for any signs of swelling or other abnormalities that could indicate disease.
Gum Disease Detection
Gum disease is usually the result of the buildup of tartar and plaque on the teeth over the years. The good news about gum disease is that regular dental cleanings dramatically lessen the chances of it developing in the first place. When the onset of gum disease is detected during a routine exam, its progress can often be halted or even reversed with the proper course of treatment.
Gum disease that’s allowed to develop unchecked results in conditions requiring specialized care, which can be a drain on the wallet as well as physically uncomfortable and even painful.
Under-the-Surface Issues Detection
A thorough dental examination also includes dental X-rays to determine if problems are happening under the surface. As with other dental issues, early detection is key to keeping associated costs down and minimizing the need for invasive procedures.
Your smile will also be much brighter and cleaner if you see your dentist every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience to learn more about how you can enjoy the best oral health possible.
Academy of General Dentistry
American Dental Association
Nebraska Dental Association
Lincoln District Dental Society
3901 Normal Blvd Suite 202
Lincoln, NE 68506