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Smile Safety: 3 Good Reasons Not To Skip Dental Checkups

March 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — S. John salivonchik @ 9:06 pm
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If you’re anxious about dental visits, you’re not alone. It’s natural to want to avoid the dentist’s chair if it makes you nervous. You might even be tempted to skip your next routine checkup as a result, especially if you don’t believe you have any current oral issues. Unfortunately, missing standard appointments can be dangerous for your dental health. Continue reading to learn 3 good reasons you should see your dentist every 6 months!

Reason #1: Periodontal Problems

We tend to think of our teeth first when it comes to dental care, but the truth is that gums are just as important. Without them, there would be nothing to hold your pearly whites in place! Gum disease can cause infection and receding gumlines that leave them exposed. They’re more prone to being harmed or dislodged as a result.

Periodontal disease is also notoriously difficult to spot when it’s preventable because it doesn’t always show visible symptoms until it’s too late. By then, the damage is done, and you may need more complex procedures to repair it.  

Fortunately, your dentist knows what to look for and can address any areas of concern before they progress.

Reason #2: Tooth Decay

Brushing and flossing twice daily is a great way to remove harmful, cavity-causing plaque and bacteria. That said, tooth decay can develop in places that are hard to see or reach, like between overcrowded teeth or behind your molars. If left untreated, it can spread to neighboring teeth or even your jawbone and eventually cause tooth loss.

Meanwhile, your dentist has the experience and equipment to detect problems where they might otherwise go unnoticed. Whether you require a simple filling or need a root canal, they can clean, protect, and preserve your pearly whites.

Reason #3: Oral Cancer

Many people don’t realize that their dentist includes an oral cancer screening in each routine checkup. It’s a vital step because an estimated 58,500 Americans will be diagnosed with this dangerous condition this year alone and of that number, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.

The good news is that oral cancer is often treatable when it’s diagnosed in the early stages. When you see your dentist regularly, they can monitor the soft tissues in your mouth to ensure that you haven’t developed any signs or symptoms.

Now you can see why it’s worth a little anxiety to keep up with your routine dental visits. Your dentist can prevent problems from occurring to keep your smile in excellent condition!

About the Author

Dr. S. John Salivonchik has more than 20 years of experience helping people enhance their lives by improving their oral health. He earned his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College and then achieved his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Temple Dental School where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Since then, he has completed advanced training in a variety of topics including general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. That means he’s an expert who can provide essential preventative care as well as treat any issues that arise. If you need to schedule a checkup, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (610) 502-1545.

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