SMILE, a common word that we speak while clicking a photograph! The reason why we say it is that we want the expression of a person to look perfect. But to safeguard this SMILE, we need to ensure that our mouth and teeth are enjoying a good state of health.
So, a regular dental checkup is very important for people of all age groups. Regular dental checkup means visiting a dental expert atleast twice a year or as required according to your dental health.
A dental visit is a two step process:-
Firstly, the dentist examines the overall oral condition of a person for any visible or possible problem.
Secondly, the dental expert starts the cleaning or treatment required.
As a matter of fact, a dental visit doesn’t cost much to your pocket. Rather it helps in saving the expenditure involved in treating any future tooth problem.
The importance of a regular dental check-up can be highlighted from the following eight points-
Detection of Gum Disease
Sometimes, tartar causes infection in gums. As a result, the gums are pulled away from the tooth. This is called gigingvitis and it harms gums. This problem can be detected through regular visits to a dentist.
Cleaning up of Plaque, Tartar and Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, there are still some small areas remain unclean. In these areas plaque solidifies and turns into tartar. This tartar can only be removed by a professional dentist.
Also, cavities are created by this tartar. And the only symptom of cavity is minor toothache which might or might not be there. But if you go for regular checkup, your dentist can timely detect and clean the cavity. This way you can even save the expenditure on cavity filling.
Bad odour from mouth (called halitosis) can also be cured by a dentist.
Keeps Check Over Bad Habits
In this modern world, where stress and anxiety is quiet common, people generally get involved into smoking and drinking. Also people cultivate some bad habits like biting their nails, clenching jaw, grinding teeth, eating too much sugary food, chewing ice, wrong brushing techniques, which deteriorate their oral health.
Your dental expert will even help you to quit tobacco chewing, smoking and drinking through various remedial measures.
Early Detection of Any Type of Nodes (in Head, Neck and Lymph) and Signs of Oral Cancer
In addition to checking your tooth, gums and tongue, your dentist will also check for any abnormalities (nodes or swelling) in your head, neck and lymph. If anything abnormal is found, he can suggest you to visit the right medical professional.
Find Internal Problems Through X-Rays
A dentist not only examines your mouth externally but also tries to find out any trouble springing up under the teeth through an X-ray. Most commonly an X-ray of teeth and jaw bone is done to find out any swelling, cysts or tumors underneath the tooth.
Actors, singing professionals, models and similar other types of people are very conscious about their smile. They want it to be perfect anyways. Tooth whitening, wearing braces or minor dental surgeries are done by dentists to make people’s smile perfect. This builds up the confidence of these types of people. So, you can get your perfect photogenic smile by regularly visiting the doctor.
Diet and Lifestyle Improvements
A good dental care professional can suggest you as to what types of food (such as fibre based) are good for your teeth.
Also if you have any pain in your tooth or jaw troubling you overnight, you can consult it with your dentist.
An expert of dentistry can even solve your associated problems such as pain in head, lack of sleep etc.
Education about Proper Dental Hygiene
A good dentist will give you tips about dental hygiene, which will help you to avoid many problems. They will educate you about the new techniques in dental care and will give you peace of mind.
So, all you need is to remember these basic tooth care tips/habits which can be done at home :-
a. Brush your teeth twice a day.
b. Ensure that your toothpaste contains fluoride.
c. Use a mouthwash twice a day to control plaque causing bacteria. It will also help you fight bad breath.
d. Massage your gums with your finger tips after brushing.
Last, but not the least, visit a good dentist for regular checkup. Do remember “Prevention is better than Cure”.