If you're one of those people who are taking the time to floss and brush your teeth as recommended by the dentist, when it's time for your bi-yearly dental appointment, you might feel inclined to skip it. You may not think there's that much value in seeing any dentist if you feel fine. In fact, there are many reasons that a dental trip can be valuable even when your teeth feel fantastic. Here are four.
Many people think that cavities bring with them discomfort and pain all the time. In truth, cavities that are just starting to form rarely cause any pain. You may not know they're there, but with x-rays and examination, your dentist can catch a small cavity early enough to fill it without a lot of discomfort for you.
Another situation that could benefit from a dentist's intervention is diseased guns. You might not even know that guns can develop disease, but periodontal disease can cause significant dental problems. You could be experiencing a few symptoms without realizing, including:
- Bleeding Gums
- Bad breath
- Inflamed, bright red gums
- Receding gumline
- Loose teeth (in later stages)
A regular dental visit can alert your dentist that you're having these issues and they can initiate deep cleanings and other actions to assist your gums in healing.
If you've happened to chip a tooth while playing a ball game or see that your teeth are yellowing from years of coffee consumption, a dentist can also spruce up your teeth with dental repairs. During your visit you can find out the options.
Even if the teeth in your mouth are clean and have no problems, you may still have issues that a dentist can get to the bottom of. For example, if your mouth is always dry, they can offer you a medicinal mouthwash and suggestions about what could be causing that situation. If your jaw regularly feels sore for seemingly no reason, the dentist can investigate the possibility that you've got TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder. You might also be aware that you're grinding teeth together when you sleep and think nothing can be done about it, but your dentist will recommend a mouth guard and take measures to ensure you're not damaging your teeth over time.
Now that you've read some reasons that a dental visit is a smart way to spend your time, make an appointment. Your dentist will be able to give you more information about your overall overall dental and oral health.