A recent Gallup Poll determined that 1/3rd of US adults had not seen a dentist in the past 12 months!
The American Dental Association recommends at least one cleaning a year even for individuals with a low risk of oral disease. A lot of people don’t realize that keeping your teeth clean isn’t just about keeping them white or not getting cavities, but it is in fact gum disease that is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease can cause pain, loss of bone, and has been linked to a number of health issues such as pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and lung disease. Recent studies have shown that dislodged oral bacteria entering the bloodstream can even cause heart disease and stroke.
Seeing a dentist regularly can not only help prevent gum disease and other health issues associated with the disease, the dentist can also discover early signs of cavities and tooth decay, they can check for oral cancer, and by seeing a dentist regularly, they can reduce the likelihood of dental emergencies by being able to detect and correct problems early. The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that every hour of every day, at least one person will die from oral cancer. Oral cancer is much harder to treat during later stages, which is why it’s important to catch it early.