While many don’t realize it, dental checkups are important for a variety of reasons. Sure, you want to prevent cavities and gum disease, but there is an additional benefit that you may not be aware of.
The mouth is often called the gateway to the rest of the body. Every breath, every kiss, every bite you take, introduces millions of bacteria to that area of your body. This is why many people are choosing to wear masks when out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent transfer and reception of these germs.
Having a regular dental checkup allows your dentist the opportunity to identify the early signs of potential health conditions at their earliest stages.
A regular dental check up includes a thorough evaluation of your head, neck and mouth. During this time your dentist can identify anything that is abnornal and conduct a further investigation to make a proper diagnosis. Your medical history is also reviewed. It is very important because early symptoms of viral, bacterial and fungal infections may first present in the mouth. For example, a cancer patient with a poor immune system may have a fungal infection, known as oral thrush.
A common gum disease may not seem serious however research has linked it to some of the most serious, life threatening conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Neglecting your oral health leaves your mouth and body vulnerable to infections.
Therefore, it is important to have a dentist that you both like, trust and visit on a regular basis.
At MyDental, both staff and patients are family. Patients are treated with respect and gentleness. As your dental care team, it is our priority to give you the quality experience that you deserve.
Call us to schedule an appointment today.