Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often. Some go for five years without seeing their dentist. At Russell Anderson Jr. Dentistry in Kennesaw, we recommend a checkup at least every six months.
There are a lot of reasons for these twice-a-year checkups. Here, in no particular order of importance, are six of them:
1. Oral Cancer Detection
That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Oral cancer is a serious problem. The risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, but the risk is there for everyone.
Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can mitigate the risk. Oral cancer is very treatable, but you have to catch it early.
2. Cavity Damage
Everyone gets cavities. They are a fact of life.
The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early enough and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist because they are associated with pain.
However, the fact is the opposite. People who visit the dentist more frequently have fewer cavities. Early treatment of cavities can be less invasive, and even cosmetically favorable. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.
3. Gum disease
Like cavities, gum disease is associated with discomfort. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Visiting the dentist more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. We can help you track the health of your gums and prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.
4. Bad Habits
Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.
Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.
5. Deeper Problems
Most of the reasons we have discussed so far involve oral inspection. However, we can look much deeper with x-rays.
X-ray technology has come a long way and can be a great way to spot potential problems before they become visible.
6. More Than Just Teeth
The team at Russell Anderson Jr. Dentistry is concerned about more than just your teeth. We care about your overall health.
Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth and that includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.
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