dentist-check-up-1Going to the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups is one of the most important factors of excellent oral health. Checkups can prevent and diagnose cavities, gum disease, root canals and oral cancer, among other ailments and procedures. Going regularly and detecting problems early also prevents conditions from worsening and requiring further intervention.

Did you know that dentist checkups include oral cancer screenings? Your dentist and dental hygienist are screening for any signs of oral cancer on your mouth, lips and throat. The disease is serious but can be highly curable if detected and treated early. Going to the dentist for regular checkups and avoiding tobacco products are major factors in preventing oral cancer.

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is linked to heart disease, stroke and tooth loss and can be treated and reversed if caught early. If left alone, it can advance to a more serious stage of gum disease. Periodontitis can include bone loss. The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing twice a day and getting regular checkups and cleanings.

Are you self-conscious about bad breath? This can be an indicator of a bigger dental issue. If there is a bigger issue at play, mouthwash and breath mints can only mask the odor and will not be able to cure the problem. Talking to your dentist will allow them to come up with a treatment plan for the issue. Brushing your teeth and tongue twice daily and regular flossing can be part of the solution to the issue.

Dental problems will not go away or resolve themselves on their own. If your dentist gives you a treatment plan for any dental work your teeth need, you should get them fixed as soon as possible to not require more intensive dental work. For example, if a cavity continues to grow until it hits the nerve of your tooth, your options would dwindle down to a root canal or extraction.

Newton Dental Associates is a multi-specialty family and cosmetic dental practice that prides itself on personalized treatment and patient comfort. Everyone is treated as an individual and given enough information to make informed decisions about their dental needs. If you are looking for the best in dental care, please call us at 617-965-0060 or click here to request an appointment.