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September 15, 2015

Dental Checkups are Important

If you haven’t been to the dentist in quite some time, you should consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist who can determine if you still have a healthy smile.

According to Oral B, you should have your teeth examined every six months. Even more so if you have a disease such as diabetes that could cause gum disease or excessive dental caries.

Regular professional teeth cleaning and thorough checkups will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy.

Recent research has indicated that there could be a relationship between gingivitis or periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Your dentist explains that it may have something to do with bacteria leaving your gums and flowing into your blood stream.

Health issues aside, regular checkups with your dentist will help you keep your teeth. If you have issues with chips in your teeth or leaking fillings, something more evil could be lurking below those seemingly innocent cracks. Most people have no idea that fillings can be hiding more tooth decay.

When you schedule an appointment with your dentist, he or she will also give you an oral cancer screening. During your oral cancer screening, your tongue, the roof of your mouth and your neck will be checked for signs of anything abnormal. If your dentist detects something that is just not right, you may be referred to a specialist for further investigation. If your dentist has discovered a lump or spot, a biopsy may be necessary.

Don’t wait until you have a toothache, bleeding gums or a lost filling before you schedule an appointment as being proactive about your oral health is imperative if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist today for a thorough dental exam, and don’t forget to ask about an oral cancer screening during your check up as well. Call or click today.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055