Going to the dentist for regular check-ups as a child is more common than as an adult. However, the regular dental visits should not be something you do as a child but continue to your adult life. As a child, our body is growing and developing, and as an adult, our body begins to undergo many changes. Some of the changes our body undergoes can affect the health of our teeth, which is why we want to continue visiting the dentist yearly.
There may be many reasons why we put off seeing the dentist. And we get it. Adulthood comes with new challenges and time constraints, it seems, but we still need to find the time. The good thing is, there are now dental offices which are open late in the evening allowing for enough time to schedule a dental visit.
Importance of a Dental Visit
Having an annual dental visit is critical to our oral health, we want to continue to practice good oral hygiene and habits to ensure we maintain a healthy smile. An annual check-up consists of dental examination where your dentist will check your teeth and gums, which can be done with x-rays. With a thorough examination, your dentist can determine if you have any dental problems that need to be addressed immediately or if there needs to be kept on the watch.
The second part to an annual visit is the dental cleaning. Yes, there is cleaning involved. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, there might be places and plaque your toothbrush and flossing might not reach or remove. Your dentist or hygienist will use special tools to help remove plaque or tartar in our teeth, finishing with a polish.
Aside from having your teeth checked and cleaned, other health conditions can affect our dental health in ways we might not be aware of putting our oral health at risk. For example, if you have diabetes, acid reflux, or arthritis, these medical conditions can leave our teeth vulnerable to cavities or gingivitis. Visiting the dentist can help address dental problems at an early stage than in a progressive state where extensive treatment might be needed.
If you are experiencing toothaches or sensitivity in your teeth, visit your dentist for a check-up. Often we can ignore common symptoms that might not seem like a big deal, but they can lead to something more severe if not treated on time.
If you have not visited the dentist, call our offices at 801-747-8000 or submit an appointment request form to book an appointment.