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Why is a Regular Dental Check-up Essential to Keep my Teeth Healthy?

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A regular dental check-up is an essential part of preventive oral care.

During a check-up, your dentist in Tijuana or hygienist anywhere will clean your teeth and find cavities or signs of gum diseases at early stages.

The evaluation includes checking your risk of developing other oral problems. It might also include dental X-rays or different procedures to address other issues.

The dentist will likely discuss diet and oral care habits. A hygienist or dentist will then demonstrate proper brushing and flossing so you can improve your oral care routines.

Other questions might include lifestyle choices that can influence oral health and possible enhancements to your teeth.

Suffering symptoms like severe pains or abundant bleeding could be by significant diseases and lead to bigger problems if left untreated.

Here are some quick facts about regular dental check-ups.

  1. Regular dental visits are essential because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  2.  Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
  3.  Then will proceed with the cleaning, which removes plaque and tartar buildup.

Dentists recommend at least one dental check-up per year. But the best is to go for two regular check-ups in the year.

It knows that now, we will review some statistics that may show us the status of dental/oral health in America.

Americans and Dental Visits 

According to a Delta Dental Plans Association survey, Americans are still not seeing their dentist as much as they would like:

  • 42% percent of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they would like. 
  • 85% percent of Americans believe that oral health is essential to their overall health.
  • However, only 25 percent of Americans are extremely satisfied with their oral health 
  • And 15 percent of Americans go to the dentist only when they are in extreme pain. 

Although there’s awareness of the importance of dental health, there’s still not a full culture of regular dental check-ups, so we land in the next topic.

 

Most Common Diseases and Problems that Affect our Oral Health

 

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Here are some of the problems and oral health diseases we may develop if we don’t schedule regular check-ups to the dentist:

Bad Breath/Halitosis 

According to dental studies, about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame.

Be alert because persistent bad breath can be related to: 

  • Gum disease
  • Cavities 
  • Oral cancer
  • Dry mouth bacteria on the tongue 

Many people use mouthwash to cover up the bad breath, but doing so will only mask the odor and not cure it. If you have chronic bad breath, visit TrustDentalCare to rule out any of these problems.

Cavities 

Cavities are the most prevalent disease in the United States, second only to the common cold.

Some facts about Cavities are: 

  • You can get cavities at any age
  • Tooth decay occurs when plaque combines with the sugars and starches of the food you eat
  • Some medications can cause cavities 

Ways to avoid cavities:

  • Brush your teeth three times a day. 
  • Floss daily. 
  • Attend regular dental check-ups.
  • Eat healthy foods,
  • Avoid snacks and drinks that are high in sugar.

 

Some facts about Gum Disease

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Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. 

  •  It is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. 
  • Everyone is at risk for gum disease, but it usually occurs after age 30. 
  • Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors. 
  • Diabetes and dry mouth also increase your risk. 

Be alert to: 

  • Bad breath. 
  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums.
  • Sensitive teeth.
  • Painful chewing.

How to prevent it: 

  • Brushing three times a day.
  • Flossing daily.
  • Regular Check-ups.

Oral Cancer

Someone in the United States dies every hour of oral cancer. Yes, this is a severe disease that affects millions of people all around the world. 

However, It is often curable if diagnosed and treated early, that’s why it’s so important to have regular dental check-ups.

Risk Factors 

  • People over 40 years old.
  • Tobacco. 
  • Alcohol. 
  • HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. 

Alert signs 

  • Sores.
  • Lumps.
  • Rough areas in the mouth. 
  • Changes in your bite. 
  • Experience difficulty at chewing or moving your tongue or jaw.

Remember that regular dental visits can help catch oral cancer early.

Mouth Sores

A mouth sore is usually nothing to worry about unless it lasts more than two weeks if that’s the case you have to schedule a check-up with your dentist. 

Here are some diseases related to mouth sore: 

  1. Canker sores. (aphthous ulcers)
  2. Fever blisters or cold sores caused by the Herpes simplex virus.
  3. Candidiasis.

Tooth Erosion

It involves the loss of tooth structure and is caused by acid attacking the enamel. 

Tooth erosion can involve sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking.

Here are some ways to prevent it:

1. Save acidic foods for mealtimes. 

2. Wash down with water after the acidic food or drink.

3. Use a straw. 

4. Look for low or no-sugar drinks. 

5. Wait before brushing.

 

Tooth Sensitivity 

 

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Some of the usual symptoms are feeling pain or discomfort from: 

  • Sweets.  
  • Cold air. 
  • Hot Drinks.
  • Cold Drinks.
  • Ice cream. 
  • At brushing or flossing. 

All of this can be a sign of cracked tooth or abscess if you suddenly develop consistent tooth sensitivity schedule a dental check-up because it can be a sign of cracked tooth or tooth abscess.

Toothaches and Dental Emergencies

Having a dental emergency can be very painful and scary.

Some of the problems often caused by accidents that require an urgent trip to your dental clinic or trauma care include: 

  • Broken or cracked tooth.
  • An abscessed tooth.  
  • Tooth knocked out. 
  • Fractured jaw. 
  • Tongue, lips, or mouth severe cuts. 
  • Fever. 
  • Facial Swelling. 

Regular check-ups can easily avoid many toothaches and dental emergencies to the dentist; accidents can sometimes occur.

Remember

Regular check-ups and tests can prevent problems in your oral health before they start developing and help find questions in their early stages when your chances for treatment and cure are better. 

Getting your regular check-ups in Trust Dental Care, you are taking steps that help your chances for improving your life quality and enjoy a healthier life.

 

What Can I Do to Prevent Toothaches and Dental Emergencies Between Each Dental Check-up? 

 

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Don’t go to bed before brushing your teeth. Brush your teeth before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

  • Brush properly 

Doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing at all. 

Take your time, move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. 

  • Don’t neglect your tongue 

Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth, because plaque can also build up on your tongue

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride is a must in the toothpaste you choose. 

It leads a defense against tooth decay, works by fighting germs, and provides a protective barrier for your teeth.

  • Regular Flossing 

It’s a way to stimulate the gums, but it also reduces plaque and lowers inflammation in the area; once a day, it’s perfect for this practice

  • Do Mouthwash

The benefits are: 

  • Reduces the amount of acid in the mouth
  • Cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums
  • Remineralizes the teeth

Some basic habits 

Don’t forget to: 

  • Drink Water
  • Eat crunchy vegetable and fruits 
  • Limit sugary and acid foods 

Now that you know both the habits you need in your life and the problems that a regular check-up may prevent you don’t hesitate and schedule an appointment at Trust Dental  Care.

Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda is our dentist in Tijuana and is hands down the best Mexico dentist.Distinguished by being one of the few members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda ́s work is synonymous with excellence and quality.She is a Mexico dentist accredited by the AACD and U.S. licensed dentist. With over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda has changed the lives of thousands through her devotion to Dentistry and tender care.

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