Advantages to Regular Exams
The most significant advantage to regular dental exams is that any form of dental disease is caught early. A small cavity on one surface is far less expensive to treat than a cavity on multiple surfaces. In addition, when a cavity is diagnosed early, a minimal amount of tooth structure will need to be removed, yielding an ideal outcome for the filled tooth. When significant tooth structure needs to be removed, the tooth is more prone to fracture, pulpitis, or a dental crown to preserve the tooth.
Regular dental checkups also benefit your systemic health. Bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease are correlated to a host of systemic diseases including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and pre-term birth. Regular and thorough dental exams can identify the presence of periodontal disease. Once periodontal disease is diagnosed, proper treatments and maintenance intervals will be scheduled to address the problem.
“…the investigation into oral-systemic disease connections is a rapidly advancing area of research, and that the early identification of oral disease may contribute to the early diagnosis and treatment for a number of systemic diseases.”
– The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology