I know I’m supposed to go to the doctor once a year and the dentist twice, but do I really need to? Whenever I get a physical I feel fine and there’s really anything wrong with my teeth.
That said, there’s more to the answer than a simple yes. Let’s take a look at why you should care about your yearly visits with you dentist in Fresno CA.
The Dentist: Dr Donan in Fresno CA
You should visit a dentist twice a year, and here’s why: while doctor visits are more about making sure everything is up and running nicely, dentists perform a lot of routine maintenance to prevent problems that could occur if you do nothing.
There are three reasons: periodontal disease, tooth decay, and gum disease.
The first reason is that the body naturally builds up plaque and calculus and if it’s not removed it embeds underneath the gum tissues and quietly causes periodontal disease. It doesn’t hurt but it silently produces enzymes that dissolve away the bones.
The second reason is tooth decay. A little cavity can be taken care of. A big cavity becomes a compound problem. In its biggest stage, it can cause suffering and swelling but also the loss of a tooth. We don’t want to lose teeth because that’s the main way of chewing food and our main support system. It starts a domino effect by putting more pressure on the teeth and causes more compounded problems.
The third reason is that there’s a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease. Junk on the teeth produces billions of bacteria that ends up in the blood stream. While bacteria normally exists in the mouth, gum disease increases that level so dramatically increased that it gets carried through the blood and can end up lodged in the heart and clog blood vessels.
So while you might not notice a lot of issues with your teeth if you skip a visit or two, you run the risk of causing some very serious problems if you don’t visit the dentist regularly.
Call us to make your appointment, we will make sure your dental health stays at his best. Dr Donan, your dentist in Fresno CA.