How Important Is Seeing the Dentist?

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The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least twice a year. For patients who have gum disease, or are prone to cavities, they may need to see the dentist more often than that. When was the last time you saw the dentist? If it’s been awhile, you may be missing out on services such as comprehensive examinations and dental cleanings. Seeing your dentist is vitally important as well for detecting oral health issues before they become severe. Only a dentist can find major, and especially minor, problems and can provide you the services for correcting them. Learn more about why seeing the dentist is so important and what services we can offer you!


Seeing the Dentist for Dental Health

Seeing the dentist is one of the most important actions you can take for your health. Almost everyone will see a doctor during their lifetime to stay healthy and alive. Millions more need the care of a dentist to keep not only their oral health in check, but to also keep their overall wellness good. In fact, the level of care you give your teeth can actually indicate how healthy you are as a person. Many diseases and ailments start at the mouth, and many more can be worsened if you’re not taking care of your dental health through oral hygiene and seeing the dentist. That is why you should make seeing the dentist part of your life and keep up on brushing and flossing your teeth each and every day!


Seeing the Dentist When Pregnant

Pregnant women need to be especially vigilant about taking care of their oral health. During pregnancy, gingivitis happens much more easily, causing the gums to swell and become inflamed. The gums will also bleed easier and pregnant women can develop small lesions in their mouth. If they don’t take care of their health, it can contribute to low birth weight, premature birth and more. So, for pregnant women, seeing the dentist is especially important for not only their health, but the baby’s health as well.


What Do Dentists Do?

Some of the services that dentists perform include:

  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • Laser Tissue Treatment
  • Laser Cavity Detection
  • Extractions
  • Scaling & Root Planing
  • Sleep Apnea Therapy
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Dental Sealants
  • Periodontal Treatment
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Same-Day Crowns
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Cosmetic Bonding
  • Dental Implants
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Bridges


Depending on the dentist, they may offer more services than these or less. It all depends on their schooling and what they choose to offer at their practice. Some dentists also provide Invisalign services for straightening the teeth. However, teeth straightening is usually what an orthodontist does instead of a dentist.


Dental Exams

The American Dental Association recommends that all patients visit the dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam. This is where Dr. Niles can examine all of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth for any abnormalities. This means, she will check the health of your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks and lips. This is also a time where Dr. Niles does an oral cancer screening. She will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face and oral cavity. She will observe your speech and listen for any abnormalities that could signal there are lesions or problems in the throat.


A sign of oral cancer is also sores or discolored tissues, which she will look for. Someone in the United States dies each hour of every day from oral cancer. Preventing it is as easy as coming in for your comprehensive exam and receiving your oral cancer screening. At your exam, Dr. Niles will also check for cavities, perform digital x-rays to find internal cavities, and will evaluate your oral hygiene. This is also a time for examining all tooth restorations, past cavities and fillings, if your teeth are shifting, and if you have been experiencing any pain or sensitivity. Through biannual exams, we can ensure that you don’t have cavities forming.


Dental Cleanings

Dental exams and dental cleanings go hand-in-hand when seeing the dentist. Generally these two services are combined into one appointment. These are some of the most important services we offer our patients and the services that we do the most. That’s because all patients should be seeing the dentist for these services 2-4 times a year. These are very important for detecting tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer and more.


A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. They only take about 30 minutes to complete. We remove plaque left on the teeth as well as stuck-on tartar that can only be removed with professional tools. We find areas of concern where cavities may be forming, and we give you tips for cleaning your teeth. We also provide you a fluoride treatment, which can help strengthen the teeth and prevent attacks from acidic plaque.


Seeing the Dentist Often

Taking care of your teeth through proper brushing and flossing routines is very important for keeping a healthy mouth and preventing tooth loss. So is seeing the dentist often for checkups and services. The more you see the dentist, the less of a risk you have for common oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease. There are many major oral health problems that are avoidable by seeing the dentist often. In fact, tooth decay and gum disease are both 100% avoidable. If it has been some time since you had a dental cleaning or exam, then call NIles Family Dentistry at (303) 652-0400!

Ashley Niles

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