Welcome back to Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry blog! Today, on our blog we’re going to be covering that question that many people ask when they are considering making an appointment with their local Wesley Chapel dentist: Do I need to go to the dentist? We recommend that you see us every six months to a year, but why?

Keep reading to learn the benefits of going to the dentist, and if you are searching for “dentist near me in Wesley Chapel,” stop by the Mystic Oaks and Cosmetic Dentistry website! We offer specials — such as our Spring Break Special — and Dental Savings plans to help make getting the dental care that you and your family need easy. Learn more about all that we can provide you, including our gentle dentistry offerings, on our website.

5 Reasons to Go To the Dentist

We understand how easy it is to skip going to the dentist: busy schedules, financial difficulties, and other obstacles, but skipping your dental appointment could have major consequences for your health and even your finances — there is more to your dental care than polishing your pearly whites clean.

Oral Cancer Detection

Many think that just because they don’t eat candy, that they have no reason to go to the dentist. However, the dentist does so much more than remove plaque build up from your teeth. Dentists also check for major health concerns such as oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. If caught early there is a high survival rate — 57 percent five years from diagnosis.

Problems Hidden Under the Surface

Pain, soreness, and other discomfort can be signs of issues under the surface. However, not all issues manifest until there is a major problem — essentially making them invisible to the naked eye and only apparent when they are already negatively and significantly affecting your health. Problems that your dentist will be looking for when they take x-rays of your teeth include:

  • Bone decay
  • Impacted teeth
  • Swelling cysts
  • Tumours

Addressing issues as soon as possible allows you to avoid painful, possibly complicated, and expensive dental procedures.

Head, Neck and Lymph Node Check-Ups

In addition to checking for cancer and major dental issues, your dentist will also check for other abnormalities such as lumps and swelling that could be indicators of other major health issues. Swollen lymph nodes in particular could be a sign of cancer and other diseases that could have long-term consequences for your health.  

Plaque Build-Up & Gum Disease

Going to the dentist isn’t just about the aesthetics of your teeth and even if you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, you will still need professional cleanings — you will miss spots that only a trained hygienist with the proper tools will be able to remove.

Plaque doesn’t just look bad, but it can also cause cavities and gum disease. Gum disease happens when tartar — solidified plaque — causes a gum infection. Due to the infection or gingivitis, the gum tissue will break down and erode away, causing your gums to pull away from your teeth. As your gums pull away, the bone that holds your teeth can break down, eventually leading to the affected teeth loosening and falling out — no one wants that! Additionally, plaque build-up is also linked to heart disease and heart attacks.

Keep Bad Habits in Check

Your dentist can also help you keep bad habits in check that can have adverse effects on your oral health such as sugar consumption, drinking coffee, tea, and wine, smoking, grinding your teeth, eating ice, biting your nails, and even brushing your teeth too hard.

Ready to make an appointment? Stop searching “dentist in Wesley Chapel near me” and make an appointment online!