The Importance of Dental Checkups
Dental check ups can be scary, but did you know that you can prevent the need for major dental treatment, reduce your risk for gum disease and improve your overall health?
- oral cancer
- gum disease
Wouldn't you like to know?
During your appointment you will be evaluated for oral cancer, checked for any cavities, and informed of your gum health.
Are you aware that tobacco use and alcohol intake increases your risk for oral cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, oral tobacco products (snuff, dip, spit, chew, or dissolvable tobacco) are linked with cancers of the cheek, gums, and inner surface of the lips. Long time use of these products will highly increase your risk. These products also cause gum disease, destruction of the bone sockets around teeth, and tooth loss. Dr. Staffel will evaluate the soft tissues and inform you if there are any findings during your exam.
X-Rays will be taken to evaluate the teeth and bone level. They can reveal issues before you notice any signs or symptoms; such as:
- Early or beginning decay
- Bone loss
- Root resorption
Most decay can be prevented with regular check ups. When decay is detected early, Dr. Staffel will be able to remove the decay, fill the tooth and restore structure and strength with tooth colored filling material. The purpose of detecting decay early is to remove a little tooth structure in order to keep the tooth as strong as possible. The more tooth structure removed, the weaker the tooth can become. In the image below, Harvard University shows what the Stages of a Cavity may look like from early detection which may need a small filling to a large cavity needing extensive treatment.
Gum disease can also be prevented with your regular checkups and hygiene appointments. Your dental hygienist will go over any trouble areas that are evident during your appointment and instruct you on the best brushing and flossing techniques. Other home care products such as an electric toothbrush or waterpik may also be recommended. While you will be provided with information on how to effectively remove the plaque and bacteria in your mouth, you will also be able to ask any questions on the techniques or products.
Overall, you should not be afraid of visiting the dentist. Dr. Staffel and his team are here to help you achieve your goals and to promote your oral and general health. Remember, most dental work can be prevented, it is up to you to take the first step. Schedule an appointment today, we would be happy to help you along your journey to a happy and healthy smile!