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Why Is It Important to Visit the Dentist?

Why Is It Important to Visit the Dentist?

You probably know you should visit the dentist regularly. Yet, according to the American Dental Association, more than 20% of people haven't seen their dentist in the last few years. And only 50% visit their dentist twice a year, as recommended. 

Admittedly, some people find a dental visit uncomfortable. One of the top reasons people skip their regular dental appointment is fear. At Healthy Smile Dental, Dr. Hannah Baek can allay your concerns with her experience, skill, and compassion.

Dr. Baek is passionate about your dental health and shares his top reasons why it’s important to visit the dentist.

Detects cavities and gum disease

While you may think cavities are only for children, almost 27% of adults have untreated cavities. About 20% of children and 17% of seniors have cavities. Also, nearly half of adults over 30 have gum disease. A visit to your dentist can catch signs of cavities and gum disease early, treating them and helping you prevent them from progressing. 

Cleaner teeth

A professional dental cleaning can rid your mouth of plaque and tartar that builds up, and help your teeth look better and brighter. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily between regular dental visits is essential, but good dental cleaning can eliminate plaque and tartar buildup. If not removed, plaque can lead to gum disease. A good polish at the finish of the cleaning can help your teeth look brighter and whiter.

Screen for oral cancer

Every dental exam includes an examination of your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Screenings for oral cancer are especially important if you smoke or use tobacco.

Consultation for teeth whitening

One of the easiest ways to look younger and improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. As a result, teeth whitening has become more popular over the years. One survey found that 90% of patients were interested in teeth whitening. With so many products available, a consultation with your dentist can help you find the most effective product for your smile.

Checks your overall oral health

An exam of your tongue, gums, teeth, and lips can help maximize your overall oral health. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and tooth loss. Your dental visit is also a great time to ask any questions you may have regarding your teeth and gums. 

Ready to schedule your next dental checkup? Call Healthy Smile Dental to make an appointment or request one online through this website. 

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