Reasons to Visit the Dentist by aihaozhe2

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									Recently, there have been links established that tie bad oral hygiene to heart disease
and other cardiovascular problems. For example, periodontitis, or gum disease, has
been shown to triple the chances of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Also, good
oral hygiene is known to reduce the incidence of some cardiac infections such as
bacterial endocarditis.

The reasons for regular visits to a dentist are unlimited. The top ten reasons to see a
dentist are below.

The Top 10

1. Prevents Oral Cancer

According to the American Oral Cancer Society, a person dies from oral cancer in the
United States every hour of every day. This is extremely sad because oral cancer is
extremely curable if caught early. Whenever a person visits their dentist, they are not
only having their teeth cleaned or having x-rays of their teeth taken. They are also
being screened for oral cancer at the same time. So while visiting the dentist may not
technically prevent oral cancer, it does prevent it from going undetected.

2. Prevents Gum Disease

Gum disease, as was stated earlier, has been linked to heart disease, strokes, and
diabetes. What easier way is there of preventing these things than brushing your teeth
at least twice a day as well as flossing and visiting a dentist? When a person visits the
dentist, the dentist can check for signs of gum disease such as inflamed gums or gums
that aren't quite pink along the edges. Gum disease itself is an infection of the gums
and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss and decay.

3. Prevents the Loss of Teeth

Visiting the dentist allows the dentist to check to make sure that a person's teeth are
healthy and not cavity infested. If there is something wrong, such as gum disease, the
dentist can recommend a treatment plan, generally more brushing and flossing, that
can reverse gum disease and prevent tooth loss. If a person has all of their teeth,
chewing and overall health are known to be better.

4. Detects Dental Problems Early

Your dentist and hygienist can detect problems early. When problems are detected
early, they can be reversed or easily treated. If problems are not detected early, much
more serious solutions will be necessary. These serious solutions include root canal,
gum surgery, and tooth extractions.
5. Maintains Good Oral Health

Your dentist will compare your current teeth with information recorded during
previous visits. If oral hygiene is slacking, the dentist will put you back on the right
track. Good oral hygiene is necessary to the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

6. Prevents Bad Breath

Studies have shown that 85% of people that have persistently bad breath have an
underlying dental problem that is to blame. Your dentist will be able to identify and
then to correct this underlying problem which will then prevent bad breath.

7. Have a White Smile

Your dental hygienist is able to remove the majority of coffee and tobacco stains
while in the office. They also polish your teeth to a shine while there which creates a
bright, white smile. While not nearly as important as preventing gum disease, this too
is an important part of a visit to the dentist because it affects how a person feels.

8. Maintains Good Physical Health

When a person cannot chew correctly due to sore or broken teeth, it affects the body's
ability to digest food is diminished. This leads to less absorption of minerals and other
nutrients that are in the food. Overall, having good oral health contributes to good
physical health.

9. Creates a Treatment Plan

When your dentist diagnoses a problem with your teeth, they will recommend a
treatment plan. This will most likely prevent the problem from getting worse as well
as sometimes even reversing the damage.

10. Use an Insurance Plan

A general dentist insurance plan will usually cover the majority of fees associated
with a regular cleaning. The plan generally will cover a lot of other fees that are
incurred when the dentist is visited. If those aren't good enough reasons, a person pays
for the plan so they may as well use it.

Overall, the benefits to visiting a dentist at regular intervals will greatly exceed the
costs. It is important for a person's overall health to visit the dentist.

								
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