As most men and women in Elizabethtown know, a visit to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year is recommended by the American Dental Association. Keeping these appointments can ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and properly cleaned. Throughout the year (and not just in the month leading up to your bi-annual dental exam), it’s important to take steps to ensure you take proper care of your teeth and gums by practicing good oral hygiene.
While these appointments may seem trivial to you, especially if you’ve never suffered from any major oral health conditions, the truth is, visiting a dentist on a regular basis is important for more than just having your teeth cleaned. During this blog, we will discuss some of the other reasons why keeping your bi-annual appointments with our doctors at Clagett Dental is important to your overall health and well-being.
What Does a Dentist do During Your Visit?
When you visit a dentist at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown, he or she will look at your teeth, gums, mouth, tongue, and throat. More specifically, our doctors will:
- Take x-rays to check for decay
- Polish your teeth
- Floss your teeth
- Remove tartar buildup
- Evaluate the health of your gums
- Check your bite and lower jaw joints
- Perform an oral cancer screening
- Check for signs of other overall health conditions
What Else Can a Visit to Your Dentist Help with?
You may be confused about the last bullet point above. Can a dentist really check for signs of other health conditions? The answer is a resounding, “YES!” In fact, our doctors can detect many chronic health conditions by evaluating your oral health.
Your dentist at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown will not only professionally clean your teeth and check your gums, but our doctors will make sure your jawbone is strong and look for lumps, bumps, lesions, and diseases that could indicate other health concerns, such as:
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Oral cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
As you see, there is a multitude of reasons why you should keep your regular appointments with our doctors other than just a routine cleaning.
What You Can Do
First and foremost, make and keep regular bi-annual check-ups with your dentist. When you visit one of our doctors in Elizabethtown, be sure to provide him or her with your medical history and let them know of any new changes at each visit.
In between your visits with our doctors, you can maintain your oral health by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
- Flossing once a day to clean in between your teeth
- Using antibacterial mouthwash once a day
- Avoiding tobacco use
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Eating a healthy diet full of nutritious foods
- Visiting your dentists when you notice any abnormal changes in your mouth, such as lumps, bumps, bruises, or excessive and persistent bleeding
Call Our Doctors at Clagett Dental to Schedule Your Next Visit
It does not matter how long it has been since you visited a dentist, our doctors are here to help you get back on track, so your oral and overall health can be monitored.
If you’re ready to schedule your next visit, or if you have any additional questions, call our office in Elizabethtown today at (270) 769-3306!