Your regular dental checkups are much more than a chance to showcase your winning smile; they are a vital tool in maintaining your overall health. However, more and more Americans are skipping this important checkup, jeopardizing not only their teeth, but also putting themselves at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Not sure you have time to see your dentist? Take a look at these top ten reasons you should have a dental checkup and see if you change your mind.
You’re trying to keep your promise to your dentist by flossing your teeth every night. When you remove the string of floss from your mouth, you notice a trace of blood. When you spit and then check your mirror, you ask yourself, why are my gums bleeding? Is this because I’m flossing too hard or do I have a more serious health condition? See 5 conditions that can cause bleeding gums.
Don’t have time for your scheduled dental appointment? Think again. More and more studies show a direct correlation between your oral health and your overall health. This means unhealthy teeth may lead to other problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
The most important part of your bi-annual dental checkup has nothing to do with your teeth. During these exams, your dentist will screen you for oral cancer. Oral cancer can affect different areas of your mouth and throat, including the voice box, the tonsils, the back of the tongue, and the soft palate (the soft spot at the roof of your mouth). The screening is painless, but why is it so vital? Because oral cancer has a higher death rate than most other cancers.