Running Head: IMPORTANCE
April 8, 2018
Importance of Routine Dental Visits for Adolescents
While many repeat visits to dentist are fueled by a public misconception, you should be aware of the importance of dental problems and oral hygiene. Adolescents are starting to become more independent of themselves and although you may be afraid of the dental expenses or you may have phobias of a dental office, routine dental visits help way more than most would believe. It helps to keep your teeth clean and evaluate where your brushing habits may fall short so that your smile is always at its best. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist and dental hygienist at least two times each year in order to maintain optimal health and hygiene for your teeth. Making an appearance at your regular 6-month dental visit, is important in keeping your teeth and gums clean and in excellent shape. Without routine dental visits, there is no way to tell if you have tooth decay, a severe dental disease, or gum disease.
Have you ever had sensitivity of a tooth and just thought it will pass? Well it will not! The primary reason to visit your dentist regularly is to avoid dental issues such as tooth decay and gum problems. The sensitivity of your tooth could be a cavity that needs to be repaired or a extracted or it can even be worse than that. These issues may seem minor at first, but they can lead to more serious problems and even major dental concerns if they are not addressed early. Regular visits can help you in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. The National Institutes of Health report that over 30,000 Americans suffer from oral cancer each year. Oral cancer is known to spread quickly, but can be easily countered if detected early. Certain nutritional habits may lead to gum disease which can expose healthy teeth to tooth loss and other serious health ailments. Regular dental visits will allow the dentist to diagnose gum problems early on. Some gum issues can be reversed if caught early enough. All you have to do is go to a quick 25-45 minute checkup to prevent cancer, gum disease and dental decay from happening and because you chose not to go to the checkup you have to go through evasive radiation therapy and pay a lump sum of money. Early diagnosis of dental diseases can help save your life.
You and I as well as everyone else know that food with high sugar intake is bad for you medically, but it is also bad for your teeth and we all still do it because that’s what we love. Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free. Boost your overall health studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your r...