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Dental Checkups – Why Visit The Dentist?

Review some of the many reasons below about why professional dental care is important to oral and overall health.

Detect cavities early: Your dentist can examine your teeth for cavities (caries) to help find them while they’re still minor and relatively inexpensive to treat.

  • Protect your overall health: Research shows potential associations between gum disease and complications for heart disease and diabetes.1
  • Detect oral cancer early: Your dentist can examine your mouth for any irregularities that may indicate oral cancer before it becomes advanced. This is especially important for individuals that smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Check that fillings remain secure: Your dentist can examine any fillings for surrounding decay or to determine whether any have become defective.
  • Avoid/treat bad breath or dry mouth: Your dentist may identify and treat oral conditions that may increase your risk for these problems.
  • Review oral hygiene routines: Your dentist and hygienist can help you establish and maintain good oral health habits at home.
  • Detect gum disease early: Many people with gum disease do not even realize they have it.
  • Protect your overall health: Research shows potential associations between gum disease and complications for heart disease and diabetes.1
  • Protect the oral health of your family: Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases among U.S. children.

The Importance of Your Child’s Dental Care

Did you know:

  1. 42% of two to 11-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling2
  2. 23% of two to 11-year-old children have untreated dental cavities2
  3. 21% of six to 11-year-old children have cavities in their permanent teeth2

Dental Problems Usually Fall Into One of Two Categories:

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