Start the Year Off Right: The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Start the Year Off Right: The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings

It is the end of the year, and there is much to be happy about. And like all endings, it is the beginning of something new, a new year. Many motivational speakers say, “Win the morning, win the day.” It works the same for the year: Win the start of the year, win the year. A dental checkup or cleaning is one way to get a winning start on the new year.


Dental checkups and cleanings are meant to be a permanent resident on your yearly schedules. Because you use your teeth every day, your mouth is integral to your overall health. Regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings are the best way to ensure your oral health is always good. 



Importance of Dental Checkups and Cleanings



Detect Underlying Problems



Although you might believe that a dentist only cares for your teeth, there are other aspects of dental health to consider. Regular dental visits allow the dentist to identify problems before they become more serious.


Many people have plaque, tartar, and calculus buildup that go undiagnosed. These can lead to the development of various oral health issues. They could have avoided the problems if they had visited a dentist in time.



Prevent Gum Disease



Usually, gum disease's early stages don't cause any symptoms. In particular, gingivitis in the mouth is challenging to spot. Fortunately, dentists know how to identify gum disease even when it is hidden.


During an essential examination, the dentist will check the gums to ensure they are firm. They will look for inflammation, receding gums, and large gum pockets. The dentist will deal with the underlying issue if they notice these bothersome symptoms. Early gum disease often dissipates when a patient modifies their dental habits. A dentist would be glad to guide their patient on better care for their gums.



Examinations to Screen for Oral Cancer



A dentist will also examine your mouth for symptoms and signs of oral cancer. This is important because mouth cancer is a severe condition if left untreated. Visiting a dentist twice a year significantly lowers your chance of developing the condition. 


The dentist utilizes a special laser to identify dead tissue resulting from malignancies. The cancer screening usually takes a few minutes and is painless. It is better known as a VELscope® test.



Keep Teeth in Perfect Shape



A dental checkup has cosmetic advantages as well. The dentist typically does the standard cleaning process on the same day as the checkup. This lowers the chance of developing tooth stains by removing tartar and calculus buildup on your teeth and around the gumline. The dental examination lets the dentist advise patients on possible cosmetic procedures and explain how they might enhance their smiles.



Education About Home Oral Care



Finally, the dentist can assist in educating you on how to enhance your at-home oral hygiene to keep your smile healthy and attractive between dental checkup visits. Additionally, they will urge you to raise concerns regarding your dental health.


For more on the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings, visit Castro Valley Dentistry at our office in Castro Valley, California. Call (510) 674-0900 to book an appointment today.

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