You know not every visit to the dentist means there’s something wrong with your smile. Though toothaches do happen from time-to-time, just like accidents and unexpected breakages, most trips to the dentist are positive and reaffirm the great job you’re doing taking care of your teeth.
Routine Exams and Dental Cleanings
Family Dentists at Ranchlands Dental in NW Calgary understand that what might sound like an ‘easy’ appointment to them can still make some patients feel nervous. Even the thought of a regular exam and cleaning can leave a bad taste in the mouth – but routine procedures really aren’t that bad, especially when they are performed regularly so that any surprises or changes to a person’s dental health are kept to a minimum. Focusing on the benefits of visiting your Calgary Dentist and Hygienist may help those less enthused patients remain positive. The main advantage of maintaining regular exams is that it enables your dentist to check for signs that suggest ill-health in the mouth and/or your body. The mouth is the gateway to the body and is often the first place signs and symptoms of certain diseases reveal themselves. An Oral Cancer screen is performed during a check-up exam, so staying current with recall appointments is a patient’s best defense in early detection and diagnosis of this disease.
The Value of a Dental Cleaning
Ever wondered what a dental hygienist is achieving during a cleaning appointment? There may be various familiar sounds and feelings that patients recognize, but have you ever considered that a cleaning appointment not only cleans tooth surfaces but actually helps strengthen your entire physical system. Bacteria that lives on teeth, and causes gums to become inflamed, also contributes to systemic inflammation and can increase the risk of heart disease. Keeping up with regular cleanings doesn’t just benefit the health of your smile, but the health of your heart too. Patients who have gum disease, or gingivitis, can frequently prevent this condition advancing to Periodontal Disease by committing to regular dental cleanings – less bacteria on teeth the less inflammation of oral and systemic tissues.
Visiting the dentist is one of the best things you can do for your smile and your overall health. So next time you’re tempted to delay an exam or cleaning – keep in mind the benefits routine dental appointments provide.