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If you are wondering why you need to see a dentist, you may be hesitant about the visit or wonder what to expect during your appointment. We will explain the five top reasons to schedule a visit to the dentist and what a dentist and hygienist will do during your appointment.

Why Visit a Dentist?

Visit a dentist to protect your oral health and prevent dental disease that can lead to time-consuming and costly procedures.

1. See a Dentist to Protect Your Overall Health

Regular dental visits can protect your oral and overall health. The American Dental Association confirms that various medical conditions can affect oral health. Also, periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory condition that can contribute to or worsen illnesses, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

2. Evaluate Your Oral Health

During regular dental exams and checkups, you can expect your dentist and hygienist to evaluate and improve your oral health in these ways:

  • Remove plaque between your teeth and gums to prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay or gum disease
  • Check your periodontal (gum) pockets for signs of gum disease
  • Take x-rays to see signs of cavities or other signs of tooth disease

3. Detect and Treat Gum Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 47 percent of American adults aged 30 and over have some form of gum disease. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Painful chewing

Risk factors for gum disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of good oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth

Without treatment, early stage gum disease will progress and cause teeth to loosen or fall out.

4. Detect Oral Cancer

Doctors diagnose about 54,000 new cases of oral cavity or throat cancer each year. According to the Journal of The American Dental Association early detection and treatment can nearly double a patient’s five-year survival rate. Your dentist will examine your oral tissue for disease and signs of oral cancer in these areas:

  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Palate
  • Inner cheeks

A dentist may choose to biopsy a lesion or refer you to a specialist to evaluate a lesion for malignancy.

5.  Recommend Oral Hygiene Improvements

During your dental visit, your hygienist and dentist will assess your oral health habits. They may give you instructions or advice on how to improve your oral health or hygiene in these areas:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Teeth grinding


Regular dental visits evaluate and protect your oral and overall health and assist with the early detection of oral health concerns.

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