Let’s face it, life can get pretty busy, which means certain things often get placed on the back burner until you have more flexibility in your schedule. Although you may not have a lot of free time, you should never skip routine appointments with your dentist. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist for a cleaning and dental checkup at least twice a year. If you tend to delay your preventive visits, here are 5 reasons you should take the time to see your dentist.
1. Detect oral cancer early.
Although you might not believe you’re at risk, over 51,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually. Unfortunately, the 5-year survival rate is only 64%, which is attributed to late detection. It’s estimated 80% of new oral cancer cases can be diagnosed early through routine dental appointments.
2. Prevent gum disease.
Although it’s preventable, at least 50% of people have gum disease. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss, but the complications of the infection can also affect your health. Regular appointments with your dentist allow them to detect the early signs of gum disease to provide the quick intervention you need to improve your oral and general health.
3. Improve your overall health.
Your mouth is often referred to as the gateway to your body. There is a direct connection between your dental and overall health. Certain oral health problems can increase your risk of various medical issues, like cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications. Regular dental appointments allow your dentist to monitor your smile to enhance your general wellness.
4. Prevent dental emergencies.
You may never expect one to happen to you, but 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency each year. While you can’t always avoid them, there are several things you can do to lessen your risk of an unplanned trip to the dentist, like maintaining your preventive appointments. Semi-annual checkups allow your dentist to ensure there aren’t any untreated issues lingering in your mouth that can turn into a big problem down the road.
5. Maximize your dental insurance.
Your dental insurance is a monthly investment that gives you access to the comprehensive services you need for reduced rates. Your dental coverage doesn’t last forever. It will expire at the end of the year, and you won’t be reimbursed for anything you don’t use. Visiting your dentist regularly allows you to maximize your benefits to make the most of what you’ve paid into all year.
Benefit from Preventive Dentistry
You can invest in a healthy smile that lasts by visiting your dentist at least every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Keep your preventive appointment at the top of your priority list.
About Dr. Martin T. Barco
Dr. Barco earned his dental degree at the University of North Carolina. He has completed advanced training in many areas of specialty to create brighter smiles for his patients. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.