A significant percentage of the American population is either unaware of the value of regular dental care, or doesn’t have access to dental services. In 2008, according to the National Academies, 4.6 million children weren’t able to obtain dental care because of the high costs. In 2011-2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27.4% of adults with ages 20-44 have untreated dental caries, while in 2013, 61.7% of adults with ages 18-64 were able to visit a dentist in the previous year.
Apparently, millions of Americans need to realize the importance of dental care. Here are the top three reasons why you need to see the dentist on a regular basis:
Prevent gum disease – Brushing alone is not enough to keep your gums healthy. If there are no regular check ups, dental cleanings, and daily flossing, you may acquire gum disease. It is an infection in the gum tissues, which keep and hold your teeth in place. You wouldn’t know if you gum disease or not unless you consult your dentist.
Maintain good oral and physical health – Regular check up with your dentist will help you maintain good oral health. The dentist will help you go back to proper oral hygiene whenever you are falling off the track. Maintaining good oral health will reduce your risks of heart attacks and strokes. There are recent studies that link poor oral health to heart diseases.
Prevent oral cancer – It is alarming that people die daily because of oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation said that one person dies every hour daily. Early diagnosis is important to cure the cancer. Whenever you visit the dentist for dental cleaning, he is also screening your mouth for oral cancer.
Certainly, there are economic, structural and other factors that affect how people value and access dental care. But at the end of the day, it is you who has the power to decide whether you want to have good dental care or not. There are many ways to have that beautiful and healthy smile.