For some people, a trip to the dentist can be stressful. They experience anxiety prior to a dental appointment, and therefore delay regular checkups or receiving proper care for damaged teeth. However, a number of issues can arise when regular dental checkups are postponed or avoided altogether. Here are five important reasons to book a dental visit today:

1. It’s Not Just About Teeth

A dental checkup is not just about your teeth and making sure you don’t have cavities. A dental exam involves the mouth, gums, lips, inner cheeks, and tongue. Dentists are trained to spot a number of indicators regarding both oral and general health during a routine checkup. There are more than 100 physical issues that present symptoms in the mouth. These conditions include diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. As with any medical condition, early detection is the key to effective treatment.

2. Early Detection And Correction Can Save Teeth (And Your Wallet)

Regular checkups protect teeth through professional cleanings and treatment. Left undetected, a cavity can become serious. It can lead to infection, severe pain, and loss of the affected tooth. If the cavity forms between teeth it can spread, resulting in the possible loss of two teeth. A dentist can spot cavities forming in areas a patient cannot. The earlier one is found and treated, the greater the likelihood of a positive outcome. You will also save money on additional treatments or tooth extractions.

3. Avoid Chronic Bad Breath

When teeth develop cavities and gums become infected, one undesirable result is chronic bad breath, known as halitosis. Brushing and using mouthwash won’t eliminate this type of bad breath. Regular dental visits can prevent halitosis by discovering the problem and treating it.

4. Prevent Unsightly Stains And tooth Discoloration

Without routine professional cleanings, teeth can become discolored and stained. The things we eat and drink every day (and habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco) can cause the tooth’s enamel to become darkened or yellowed. Daily brushing and flossing help, but many of these stains cannot be removed by these activities. Professional cleaning and whitening are more thorough when handling stains.

5. Overcome Your Fears

The more you become acquainted with your dentist and the office, the more comfortable you are likely to become during visits. Become accustomed to the procedures and surroundings, and you will know what to expect …and feel fear and anxiety falling away.

At Riverview Family Dental, we see to it that patients of all ages feel at ease when they visit us. Call today at (519) 813-9090 and let us take the anxiety out of your dental care visits.