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The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Updated on May 15, 2016
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A healthy set of teeth and sparkling smile can do wonders for your self-esteem and is indeed a valuable social asset. In fact, bad teeth can render a usually bubbly socialite, a complete wallflower, if left self conscious about unsightly looking teeth,cavities or halitosis. A healthy set of teeth also improves physical appearance, and creates the impression of good hygiene, and that you care about your well being. As an experienced health writer (for publications like Colgate) and researcher, I know that fixing cavities and maintaining healthy teeth and gums can also improve your health in multiple ways. Here’s a look at what you need to do to keep your teeth in tip top condition.

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Checks and Treatment Conducted During Dental Visits

Did you know that research conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) has revealed that one in five people in America have untreated cavities? All cavities can however be prevented or fixed with regular check ups and restorative treatment. Regular dental check ups are therefore imperative if you want to maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums. Your dentist will also be able to identify potential early cavities such as white spot lesions, which can easily be reversed if spotted early. Opt to visit your dentist at least every six months for a general check up.

Your dentist will examine your entire mouth for early cavities, chips or cracks, oral cancer, as well as your gums for any signs of gum disease. He or she may also do bitewing x-rays. If your dentist spots a white spot lesion, he may recommend a dentist-administered fluoride remineralization treatment.

Dentists can salvage cavity-infected teeth with restorative treatments such as fillings and root canals. If there’s nothing your dentist can do to save the tooth, he or she may simply extract your tooth. If the appearance of unsightly amalgam fillings is bothersome to you and affecting your self confidence negatively, you could also speak to your dentist about replacing those with white porcelain fillings during your dental visit.

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How Maintaining Your Teeth Can Improve Your Health

According to WebMD, there is a direct correlation to poor dental health and disease. Apparently patients with gum disease increased their chances of chronic illness by 40%, as per a recent study conducted by the ADA. There is also a strong correlation between diabetes and periodontitis. The reason for this is that swelling caused by gum disease automatically affects your body’s inherent ability to regulate blood glucose levels. This is terrible news for those suffering from diabetes, making regular dental check ups even more importance for diabetics. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can also make you more prone to developing mouth infections. Studies have also established the effects of osteoporosis and gums and vice versa. In these studies, females with osteoporosis were more prone to periodontitis, , meaning that healthier gums equates stronger bones.It’s therefore vital to maintain optimal gum health with regular dental visits.

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