Different Reasons to See Your Dentist

Most of us head into the dentist’s office twice a year in order to have our teeth cleaned properly. But there are a number of other reasons why you would want to see your Austin TX, and if you know those reasons, you may be much more likely to go to the dentists when you need to. There are emergency situations, and disease prevention, and even cancer screenings that can be done at your dentist’s office.

An Emergency

You know about an emergency doctor, but an emergency dentist? Yes, there definitely is an emergency dentist, and have the same type of function as an ER doctor – to help those who need immediate help when they can’t get any. So why would you go to an emergency dentist? There are a number of reasons. If you got a tooth chipped or knocked out some weekend or evening when the dentist’s office has closed, or if you suddenly find that you’re dealing with a large amount of pain that you can’t handle. These are classic reasons for why someone would visit the emergency dentist’s office. As a good note, if you are not sure if you should visit one, but feel that you should, give them a call. They will be able to tell you if you should come right in or if your situation can wait until your regular dentists office opens up.

Screenings

So we all visit the dentist to get our teeth cleaned twice a year, and to sit nervously as we wait to see if there are any cavities, but did you know that your dentist’s office can do much more than just clean your teeth? When you visit the dentist they’re also checking not only your teeth, but also your gums. Your gums are the perfect place for periodontal disease and other diseases to hide, and if there is something to be found, your dentist can find them there. Not only can you be checked for disease, but also for cancer.

Even if you’ve never smoked, you may be at risk for oral cancer. There are many different risk factors for this type of cancer, and when you visit your dentist it is a good idea to ask to have an oral cancer screening done. The screening is quick and relatively painless but it can be a lifesaver. If your dentist diagnoses you with oral cancer they can treat it, and the faster it’s treated, the more likely you will be to keep the teeth that are in your mouth and to avoid having the cancer spread to other locations.

The dentist’s office may be scary for some people, but it is a great place to get a number of different things done, aside from simply cleanings and cavity checking. The next time you go to the dentist’s office, ask to have a cancer screening and discuss periodontal disease, because the more you know, the better care you can take of your teeth.

About the Author: Denver Smith has extensive experience in the dental field and actively consults in this industry

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