Wellness

3 things to know about dental exams

Father Daughter brushing teeth

Do you put off going to the dentist or skip appointments? Delaying dental care could create extensive oral problems, higher costs and issues that impact your overall health. Here are three things you need to know about dental exams:

  1. Protects the whole family – Many parents make sure their kids see the dentist on a regular basis but put off going themselves. Taking kids to see the dentist is a key step in helping them establish healthy teeth and good oral care habits. However, parents also need regular dental care to avoid expensive procedures, and help detect signs of serious medical conditions.
  2. Prevents serious illness – Daily toothbrushing and flossing help kill unhealthy oral bacteria, and remove food particles and plaque that can cause decay. Regular dental exams also are essential. During the appointment, the hygienist will clean tooth surfaces and under the gums. The dentist will look for signs of periodontal disease, which if left untreated can lead to heart attack, stroke and systemic inflammation.
  3. Starts the conversation – People put off going to the dentist for many reasons, including cost, fear of painful procedures, and worry about inconvenient appointments. The best solution is to contact your dentist and talk it out. Your employer may offer dental insurance to help defray costs, and most dental offices are willing to work out a payment plan or negotiate their fees. Dentists have techniques to help minimize pain. And to get the perfect appointment time, schedule an exam at least six months in advance.
Sources:

Washington Post
HealthDay
Oral Health Foundation

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