Starting from an early age, dental care is essential to overall health. After all, dental care will be necessary as long as you live, and dental care can have ramifications on your overall health – far past matters that only relate to your dental health. For many people, poor oral hygiene can lead to long lasting problems, something that could have been solved – or at least reduced – with regular dental care at the hands of a competent and experienced dentist.
Dental care should start at a very early age, typically a soon as a baby gets their first teeth (which will happen, on average, around the six month mark). Regular dental visits should begin before the baby in question reaches their first birthday, and should continue at least once every six months onward indefinitely. This will help your dentist to not only prevent various dental concerns from developing, but to catch any problems in their early stages.
For instance, oral cancers are more prevalent than many people might realize, particularly for tobacco users. From smokers to those who chew tobacco, cancer risk can climb quite high in relation to oral cancers, but it is unlikely that these cancers will be detected early on if there is also a lack of dental care. Various oral cancers are also seen in heavy drinkers as well as in the population of older adults. For all of the above people, regular dental care and dental check ups will be even more essential for their overall health. After all, oral cancer might start in the mouth, but it is far too likely to spread throughout the body if it is left untreated for too long. And cancer, as we all know, some of us all too well, can kill.
And oral cancer is far from the only serious dental condition that can develop in the absence of dental care. Gum disease is also more prevalent than it should be, and often becomes severe simply due to the fact that people are not able to easily recognize the beginning stages of gum disease in a way that a dental professional would. In fact, only about half of all people with gum disease actually know that they have it. And when dentistry is not involved in treating this gum disease, it is likely that it will be quite advanced and quite painful indeed by the time that it is finally detected by a dentist.
And, of course, we can’t forget about cavities. One of the most common dental services all throughout the United States is by and large the treatment of cavities. But when people do not seek dental care for a considerable period of time, they might be living with untreated cavities and not even know it. And the data that has been gathered on the subject more than support this claim. In fact, nearly 20% of all kids at the age of five or over have at least one untreated cavity, if not more than that (as has been seen by many a dental office over the course of recent years).
And the problem with untreated cavities certainly does not stop with children. In fact, this is a problem that only become worse with the years and with age. Of the population of adults who are between the ages of 20 and 44, more than 30% actually have at least one untreated cavity. Even more conservative estimates have found that up to one fifth of all adults are suffering from an untreated cavity.
At the end of the day, there is certainly no denying the importance of regular dental care. Regular dental care can help you to prevent oral diseases, and by doing this it can greatly help to increase your overall quality of life. And in preventing various oral diseases and problems, regular dental care will likely end up saving just about anyone a great deal of money when all is said and done. Such measures are even so important and crucial as to be able to prevent premature death, with people who get regular dental care over the course of their life typically living longer than those who do not.