WHY VISIT THE DENTIST?
Review some of the many reasons below about why professional dental care is important to oral and overall health.
Detect cavities early: Your dentist can examine your teeth for cavities (caries) to help find them while they’re still minor and relatively inexpensive to treat.
- Detect gum disease early: Many people with gum disease do not even realize they have it.
- Detect oral cancer early: Your dentist can examine your mouth for any irregularities that may indicate oral cancer before it becomes advanced. This is especially important for individuals that smoke or chew tobacco.
- Check that fillings remain secure: Your dentist can examine any fillings for surrounding decay or to determine whether any have become defective.
- Avoid/treat bad breath or dry mouth: Your dentist may identify and treat oral conditions that may increase your risk for these problems.
- Review oral hygiene routines: Your dentist and hygienist can help you establish and maintain good oral health habits at home.
- Protect your overall health: Research shows potential associations between gum disease and complications for heart disease and diabetes.1
- Protect the oral health of your family: Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases among U.S. children.
The Importance of Your Child's Dental Care
Did you know:
- 42% of two to 11-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling2
- 23% of two to 11-year-old children have untreated dental cavities2
- 21% of six to 11-year-old children have cavities in their permanent teeth2
1Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments” NIH. December 2014. http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm#howDoI
2National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. (2014, May 28). Dental caries (tooth decay) in children (age 2 to 11). Retrieved from http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesChildren2to11.htm
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