Have you ever wondered why your dentist’s office is always reminding you to schedule your next appointment? It’s not because they just can’t get enough of your smiling face! (Although that might be one of the reasons!) It’s actually because your dentist knows that regular dental checkups are very important to your overall health as well as your dental health.
Dental Problems Can Migrate
Did you know that dental problems can migrate to other parts of your body? Your body is made up of complex systems that operate both independently and as a whole unit. What happens in one part of your body can affect other parts. The mouth area contains blood vessels that can carry harmful bacteria and germs to other parts of your body, including your heart. If you let a dental health issue go untreated, you risk endangering the health of your heart, lungs and other organs. This is one good reason to get regular dental checkups.
Serious Dental Problems Are Preventable
Nearly all serious dental problems are preventable, except perhaps the ones that people are born with. But in order for those problems to be prevented, your dentist needs to be aware of them. If you go too long between dentist visits, you can be sure that when the problem gets too big to ignore, it will be both more serious to contend with and more expensive to treat. All you have to do to avoid this is to have regular dental checkups.
Some Dental Issues Are Less Obvious
You may feel that you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, and you may be right. However, even the most conscientious person may miss important signs and symptoms of dental issues. This is because some dental issues are less obvious, especially since you can’t see into your mouth the way a dentist can. This is just one more reason why regular dental checkups are so important.
Most dentists recommend that you have a checkup every six months. Your dentist may suggest fewer or fewer visits, depending on your circumstances. Always consult with your dentist and follow suggestions as to how often you should come in for a checkup.