See Your General Dentist Regularly: Here is Why
For general dentist advice, as obvious as this may sound, there is really no one better to ask than a general dentist. If you were to ask us, for example, the best way to ensure great oral health and teeth, we would tell you that amazing oral health starts with consistency. The more consistent your habits, the less likely you are to have serious oral health conditions. Consistency includes things like regularly brushing your teeth and most importantly, coming in for a general dentist visit at least twice a year. These bi-annual visits allow us to catch problems before they begin, keep your plaque under control, and ensure that your teeth stay healthy. This may not seem important until you consider that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 27.4 percent of the population of the United States suffers from untreated decay or cavities. That is roughly one in four people. In addition to this, 14 percent of all adults in the country state that their mouth is either in “bad” or “poor” condition.
The sad part is, both of these statistics would be far lower if only people would come in to see a general dentist on a more consistent basis. We cannot help you until you walk through our front door. Over the years, we have focused heavily on educating and informing patients about the importance of consistency in taking care of your teeth. As statistics shows a declining number of patients are coming in regularly, we need to increase the awareness even more. In a study that examined patients between 2002 and 2012, an alarming trend appeared. In 2002, 44.5 percent of people stated that they had visited the dentist at least once in a 12-month cycle. By 2012, this number had dropped to 42.1 percent, which means that even fewer people sought out the care they needed. If you are on the fence or haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you should consider the following.
When you come in for a general dentist examination these days, this automatically includes a screening for oral cancer. Since you are already in, it makes sense for us to give you what can literally be a life-saving examination. The appearance of lesions in the mouth, on the tongue or gums, or in the throat are very apparent to a general dentist. This can lead to a further investigation, and if there is a form of cancer, we know that the earlier we can catch it, the easier it is to fight. If you have not seen a dentist in a while, it may be a good time to call your general dentist and get a cancer screening included. Cancer, as dire as it may be, is not the only condition your mouth provides insight into. In fact, there are a number of diseases that first manifest themselves in the mouth. In addition to this, when we perform an examination of your mouth, we get a snapshot into the overall health of your body. The mouth will tell us, for example, if you have a vitamin deficiency or if you are in need of more fluids during the day.