Dental decay and gum disease can develop quickly, but to the untrained eye it may seem like everything is fine.
However, soon tooth pain may cause you agony and pockets around the gums may begin to open up and you now have to undergo root canal treatment and periodontal cleaning to attempt to rectify your problem.
Your dentist can easily spot disorders such as gum disease and tooth decay in their early stages, when they can be treated quickly and affectively. You may not notice the changes in your mouth but your dentist can and if you only leave 6 months between check ups any problems that have started to occur will not have a long time to develop and your dentist can therefore rectify the problem swiftly.
Oral cancer checks
Dental check ups are also becoming more important after a rise in the cases of oral cancer, which reached over 6,000 for the year 2011.
Oral cancer displays some symptoms, but unless you regularly check the inside of your cheeks or are suffering pain these signs may go unnoticed. This isn’t a good thing to occur with oral cancer, as the rates of surviving drops to 50% if the disease is left to develop. However, this increases to 90% if the problem is caught early.
Going to your dentist will mean that any sign of oral cancer can be spotted and treated sooner rather than later, to prevent the spread of the disease. Signs to look out for with oral cancer include:
- White or red patches found inside the mouth, on the lips and on the tongue.
- Pain when swallowing or at the back of the throat.
- Swellings in the neck.
- Sores that take a long time to heal.
When your health and even your life are potentially at risk a 6 monthly check seems to be a very little ask and will be over in less than half an hour in the majority of cases for patients from Droylsden.