Two Reasons Why You Should Have Regular Dental Checkups - Detect and Maintain

There are several reasons why people don’t make regular trips to the dentist. Approximately 50 percent of people polled say they are afraid it will cost too much, and 27 percent of people avoid the dentist out of fear. However, for all of the reasons not to go to the dentist, there are several more reasons why you should. 

Luckily, thanks to the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, dental insurance is much more accessible, which removes cost from the equation. Below are several more reasons why you should make professional dental care part of your regular health routine.

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To Detect Hidden Dangers

Dentists don’t just clean and polish your teeth, they also take X-rays of your dental roots, and inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth for potential problems. For example, plaque and tartar can build up below the gum line and cause the gum disease gingivitis. If left untreated, that gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and even heart disease.

Additionally, the health of your teeth, and even your breath can also tell your dentist if something is wrong somewhere else in your body. For example, people with untreated diabetes tend to have cloyingly sweet breath, and higher rates of tooth loss and tooth decay. On the other hand, dry mouth could be another sign of diabetes, of sleep apnea, or of a potential autoimmune disease.

When you get regular dental checkups, your dentist can keep track of the health of your teeth and alert you to potential issues before they become bigger problems.

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To Maintain Oral Health

Brushing and flossing both go a long way in keeping your teeth healthy, but they can only go so far. Your dentist can remove the cement-like tartar the builds up on your teeth, and remove the plaque that causes the tartar more thoroughly. Additionally, if you have a health condition that affects your teeth, such as diabetes or an autoimmune disease, regular dental visits can help ensure that your teeth remain as healthy as possible.

A good general dentist can keep your choppers in tip-top shape and, if necessary, he or she can refer you to a specialist for specific issues, such as orthodontia or bite guards to prevent you from grinding your teeth.


Keeping your teeth healthy actually helps you keep the rest of your body healthy. By preventing gum disease, you can prevent other health issues like heart disease, and even stroke and certain types of cancer. Having health teeth also means that you can have better nutrition because the state of your teeth won’t prevent you from eating certain foods.

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How Often Should You See the Dentist?

You should visit the dentist twice a year – every six months – for regular checkups and cleaning. The best way to remember is to do it once in January, and again in July; however, you can use any schedule that works best for you.

If you have a condition that affects the health of your teeth, you might need to see the dentist more often to prevent tooth decay or tooth loss; however, your dentist can best tell you how often you should visit.


If you have a dental problem, such as sudden sensitivity or pain, you should make an appointment as soon as possible to address the issue before it becomes a bigger problem.

Finally, if you have a dental emergency, such as an injury, you should seek immediate care at a hospital emergency room. If you also need emergency dental intervention, the hospital can call an emergency dentist or refer you to one after you have received your primary treatment.

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