Many people will skip a dental check-up appointment citing lack of time and cost. But in reality, most of them do not know how vital these check-ups are. If you were considering missing your next dental visit, here are some reasons why you need to think again.
1. You will get a proper and timely diagnosis
For most, seeing a dentist will only happen after experiencing tooth ache or pain in the gum. It is quite unfortunate as this can be avoided easily by going for that routine check-up. This is because a dentist can be able to detect when a gum disease starts spreading or when some cavities start to develop. Some serious issues such gum disease, tartar or calculus can still affect you even after observing strict dental hygiene measures such as brushing and flossing of teeth. If you go for a dental check-up, such conditions will be detected and corrected before it's too late.
2. You will save money
It goes without saying that early treatment is always cheaper than treating a complicated health condition. You will find it easier on your wallet to correct a dental issue that has been detected in its early stage by filling and scaling than an advanced stage that might require surgery or root canal treatment.
3. The check-ups can save your life
Your mouth can be a doorway to a myriad of other life-threatening conditions that are not dental. For instance, sores on the base of the tongue or throat can be a manifestation of HPV infection. Kaposi's sarcoma can be pointed out from patches of abnormally growing tissues under the lining of the mouth and throat. More seriously, oral cancer can be detected early. If not diagnosed early can spread quickly and become life-threatening.
Going for a regular dental check-up will help the dentist detect and diagnose all these serious health problems and save your life. These are problems that you cannot notice on your own without being professionally checked. For instance, your dentist will use a VELscope Cancer exam which is painless and takes about 2 minutes, yet will help detect any invisible dead tissues resulting from tumours.
These are some of the key reasons why you need to go for that dental check-up. You will also not waste time while at it as these exams are considerably short. Let a dentist help you detect any problems in advance and help you correct and treat them accordingly.