Reasons To Visit Your Dentist Regularly

If you are apprehensive about visiting a dentist, you may be avoiding regular dental care. By failing to receive regular dental treatments, you may be jeopardizing the health of your teeth and gums. 

Here are a few reasons to visit your dentist regularly.

Cancer Can Develop Quickly

Oral cancer can develop rapidly. If the condition does not receive prompt treatment, the prognosis could be dire. 

During routine dental visits, which usually occur every six months, the dentist inspects the tissues of the mouth. He or she looks for signs of abnormality, such as changes in the texture and color of the soft tissues. Additionally, the dentist looks for growths that may have presented since the last dental visit.

If the dentist finds indications of oral cancer, tests can be ordered to confirm a diagnosis. In addition, you can be referred to a physician for prompt care.

Small Cavities Are Easier to Treat

Small cavities can grow in size and severity if left untreated. The tooth decay can even spread to other teeth in the mouth. 

If treated early, small cavities can simply be filled. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and a small filling is applied to protect the remaining healthy tooth material. 

Large cavities may require a filling and a dental crown. In addition, a large cavity can access the deeper layers of the tooth, inviting the development of a tooth infection. If a tooth becomes infected, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the infected material.

Dental Sedation Can Calm Your Anxiety

If you experience anxiety or fear when you visit a dentist, dental sedation can help. As a result, you can comfortably receive dental care. There is no need for apprehension.

Dental sedatives can be administered through inhalation, by mouth, or through an injection. The sedatives help you feel relaxed and carefree during your visit. In addition, they help you remain still throughout your treatments. 

Still, dental sedation does not cause you to be unconscious. You are simply in a much more relaxed state.

Oral sedatives are often taken before you reach the dental office, so it is important to have someone drive you to and from your appointment if you take an oral sedative. Also, you may need a ride home if other forms of sedation are administered in the office.

If you have not had a dental appointment in the last six months, contact the office of a dentist in your local area to schedule an appointment.