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Dental Exams Are Important

August 17, 2017
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Dental checkups and cleanings every six months are as essential to your oral health as brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Yet, many people often go much longer between checkups. This neglect could be the main reason why issues like tooth decay and gum disease are among the most common chronic illnesses. Given the effects that oral health issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, can have on your entire systemic health, it is important to keep up with regular dental exams and cleanings. Prevention is the best defense.

Oral Cancer Can Be Diagnosed Early

Dental exams include a thorough oral cancer screening to detect any abnormalities in your oral tissues. Oral cancer has a mortality rate, but can be treated successfully when caught early.

Stopping Tooth Decay Can Save a Tooth

If your tooth hurts, you may be more likely to visit the dentist. However, the ideal situation is not to have tooth pain in the first place. Tooth decay is progressive, and if caught early can be reversed. If left untreated, a cavity can form. An early cavity only affecting the surface of the tooth, the enamel, may not cause any pain. Over time, the decay will dig deeper within the tooth until it reaches the soft tissues and nerves. At this point, there may be pain. If caught before the pain, the treatment would be simpler. If treatment is still neglected after there is a toothache, an infection or abscess may occur making root canal treatment or even an extraction necessary.

Advanced Gum Disease Affects Your Health

Gum disease is extremely common. The disease attacks your gum tissues and jawbone. Unlike tooth decay and cavities, gum disease does not usually cause pain until it has reached a very advanced stage. Advanced gum disease can increase your risk for not only tooth loss, but also for stroke, heart disease, and other health issues. Gum disease can be treated and reversed if caught early at a checkup or cleaning.

Schedule a Dental Exam Today

We strive to create a comfortable visit so that you want to maintain your regular exams and cleanings. To schedule your next dental exam, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.