The Importance of Regular Dental Check Ups

According to the Canadian Dental Association, regular dental visits are a necessary component of good oral hygiene practice. Next to daily brushing and flossing, visiting your dentist twice a year is the best way to prevent cavities and ensure the brightest smile possible. There are a number of other health complications that dentists help you prevent though. Here are a couple of things you might not have known about the benefits for your routine dentistry appointments.

There’s only one way to remove tartar buildup

The underlying cause of a vast majority of oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease, is tartar buildup. In fact, preventive dentistry dictates that if you can eliminate tartar, you can halt many dental issues from ever occurring. So what is tartar exactly? Well, tartar is derived from plaque, a sticky substance that naturally coats your teeth. Plaque contains numerous bacteria, some of which can erode your pearly whites and infect your gums. The good thing about plaque is that it’s easy to remove at home with regular brushing and flossing. But if there are areas that your brush can’t reach, or if you neglect to floss, then plaque can build, harden and cling to your teeth.

Tartar, on the other hand, cannot be removed through simple brushing and flossing. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can scrape away this tooth-rotting substance. This is why biannual cleanings are so important and a key aspect of preventing dental problems.

Beyond Clean Teeth
You may not know it, but during the dental exam process, your dentist checks for a whole slew of possible health complications that you may have, despite no signs of symptoms. Intuitively, many problems are far easier to treat if caught early then if detected months or years down the road. Some possible oral health complications your dentist will look for include:

· Dental decay
· Gum disease
· Damaged or misaligned teeth
· Overbites
· Oral cancers, including throat cancer
· Cysts or suspicious growths
· Bruxism
· Temporomandibular joint disorder

In order to completely understand what’s happening with your teeth, your dentist will need to take an x-ray of your mouth. The picture provided will allow them to closely examine the internal composition of your teeth as well as the condition of the supporting bone.

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Looking for a dentist in Kamloops? Consider River City Dental for you and your entire family. Our clinic has been serving local patients for over a dozen years. We’re proud to offer you caring dentistry in a facility with modern techniques and equipment available. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.