The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

15 May 2017
Dental care - Oral Health - Preventative Care
The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

We have all heard since we were young that yearly doctor checkups and biannual dentist visits are important, but many of us do not heed that advice. In this piece, we will explain why seeing your dentist twice yearly is important for the health of your mouth and body.

Tooth Decay and Cavities

One of the most important reasons to regularly visit your dentist is prevent tooth decay and cavities. Part of the exam is a thorough cleaning that removes plaque and debris that can cause these issues. It will also allow the dentist to see if there are any beginning signs of either decay or cavities, so they can be addressed head-on and not become larger issues.

Gum Disease

Similar to the above point, regular dental check-ups help prevent gum disease. When plaque and tartar have a chance to build-up, they can eat away at the tissue of the gum. If this issue escalates, it can cause the tooth to begin to pull away from the gum and lead to breakdown of not only your gums but also the bone that holds your teeth in place! This is not only very painful, but can be very expensive to treat. Your best option is to have your teeth cleaned regularly to prevent this issue entirely.

Other Health Issues

Beyond the teeth cleaning at your regular check-up, your dentist will also examine you for other health issues. One thing he/she will look for is signs of oral cancer, which is vitally important to identify in its early stages. Your dentist will also check your neck, lymph nodes, and head to look for any abnormalities. This also helps identify cancers and other diseases in their early stages.


Visiting your dentist enables them to determine if you have good dental hygiene habits. From your exam, your dentist can see if you floss frequently enough, spend enough time brushing, etc.

Have you scheduled your next visit to Hartnett Dental? Contact us today 716-649-6633.