Why Is Visiting the Dentist so Important?

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It may not seem like visiting the dentist is a big deal, but it is! Taking care of your smile can have a huge impact on your smile’s appearance, your gum health, and your overall health and well-being! Keep reading to learn more about why dental care is so crucial.

The Importance of Dental Care

Regular dental visits can help keep your mouth healthy and strong. Dental exams give your dentist a chance to catch any dental issues while they’re still small and easily treatable. In addition to examining your teeth, your dentist will also assess your jawbone and gums to ensure you aren’t suffering from any disorders such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) or infections in the gumline that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

After your dentist examines your smile, a trained dental hygienist will clean your teeth and gums to remove any trapped bacteria and food debris. They will also locate any plaque buildup and use a special tooth to scrape it off to prevent tooth decay and cavities. By visiting the dentist regularly, you are less likely to have any major dental problems down the road.

The Link Between Your Smile & Body

Believe it or not, your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Visiting your general physician is not enough to maintain great health. Your mouth is a window to the rest of your body. When dental issues go untreated, such as gum disease, infection and bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause a variety of future health problems.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

The Academy of General Dentistry advises that people ages one and up should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a regularly scheduled dental exam and cleaning. If your child is still under the age of one, you should bring them in for their first visit when their first tooth comes in or when they celebrate their first birthday, whichever comes first!

Schedule Your Dental Checkup!

Have you put off your dental checkup? Don’t wait any longer! Our team at Reen Chung, DDS, would love to join you on your dental health journey and help you maintain a healthy smile and body. Please contact our office to book your first visit!

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