Some people ignore dental appointments. However, routine dental visits are essential to maintain. In fact, Framingham Dentists recommend that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for preventive dental care. Doing so helps detect issues early on and correct any before they worsen. Learn more about maintaining your routine dental visits below and contact us today!
Early Detection of Oral Cancer
Every year, oral cancer causes many deaths worldwide. The good news is that when it is detected early enough, it can get treated. Since you may not know the early signs of oral cancer, it is better to have your dentist check you out. Besides the training, the dentist has the right equipment to detect oral cancer and put you on treatment immediately. For example, the VELscope Cancer examination can catch the disease at the very early stages. This examination is pain-free, non-evasive, and takes a short time.
X-Rays Detect Problems Hidden Under the Bone Surface
Framingham Dentists usually x-ray jawbones and teeth during some dental examinations. The images obtained can allow them to see what’s hidden under the surface of your jaw bone or teeth.
For example, the naked eye can not see problems like impacted teeth or damaged jawbones. Only x-ray images can reveal them. Impacted teeth, damaged jawbone, and other such issues need to be detected in good time so that they can be corrected. This can not be possible if you are fond of missing your dental appointments.
From Plaque to Tartar to Cavities
Even if you brush and floss daily, some areas in your mouth will not get cleaned. Because you eat daily, plaque will build up and solidify into tartar. Only Framingham dentists can help remove tartar from your mouth.
Tartar is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, which may lead to infection. When that happens, cavities will form on your teeth. The infection may also spread to other parts of your body. You can prevent the build-up of plaque by honoring your dental appointments so your mouth can get a thorough cleaning. Having regular dental checkups is less costly than having to treat a dental infection of having a cavity filled.
Preventing Gum Disease
Tartar build-up leads to tooth decay. It may also cause your gum tissues to get eroded. When this happens, your gum will get exposed to many diseases causing agents. As your gum gets pulled away from your teeth, you are likely to suffer from gingivitis. This is a condition that results in soreness, bleeding, and swelling in your mouth. Gum disease can also cause bones supporting your teeth to break down. Once you reach this stage, your teeth will become loose and start falling off.
Gingivitis requires specialized treatment, which may cause a big dent in your wallet. It may include deep cleaning, surgery, and other forms of treatment. It is easier to avoid this by honoring your dental appointments. This way, the diseases can get detected and treated before getting worse.
During a dental checkup, it is not only your tongue, gums, and teeth that will get checked. Framingham Dentists will also check your head, lymph nodes, jaw, and neck for any signs of cancer or any other diseases. Any abnormalities like lumps or swellings detected will get diagnosed and dealt with accordingly.
Swollen lymph nodes are usually painless, and you can easily ignore them. It is only a good medical examination that may help detect if some hidden diseases cause these swellings.
Controlling Bad Habits to Maintain Your Smile
Some habits impact negatively on oral hygiene. They include:
- Biting nails
- Chewing ice
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw clenching
- Eating hard or sticky candy
- Drinking red wine/coffee
- Brushing teeth the wrong way
These habits usually damage teeth. Framingham dentists will check if any of these habits cause your dental problem and how to correct them.