Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go as long as five years between visits. At Priority Dental in Casper, we suggest a visit at least every six months.
Here are six terrific reasons to visit more frequently.
1. Oral Cancer Detection
That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a considerably higher risk of developing oral cancer.
2. Cavity Damage
Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or expensive) to repair.
The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a considerable fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid the dentist. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful, but not anymore.
People who visit the dentist often have fewer cavities. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.
3. Gum Disease, Gingivitis, or Periodontitis
Gum health is a part of overall dental health. Your dentist can help you track the state of your gums and prescribe ways to avert or reverse gum disease.
4. Bad Habits
Bad habits can have a negative affect on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.
Frequent checkups help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. We can identify harmful habits and counsel you on lifestyle changes and treatments.
5. Deeper Problems
The things we have discussed so far involve oral examination. However, has the ability to look deeper with X-rays.
X-ray technology is better than ever. We can find potential problems before they become visible. Many can be fixed before damage occurs.
6. More Than Just Teeth
Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth. That includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.
Regular checkups at Priority Dental in Casper help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule your next appointment today!
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