We cannot stress enough the importance of dental checkups. For many reasons, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. That’s once every six months. It’s not even that harsh of a commitment. It only takes an hour or two, depending on how well you took care of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing.
One of the biggest reasons for dental checkups is the possibility you might be suffering from something serious. A dental checkup will provide you with an early diagnosis.
Dental Checkups for an Early Diagnosis
We often say that your dental health is linked with your overall bodies health. This is very true, so the importance of regular checkups should be emphasized. Some dentists refer to the mouth as the window into your body, because it shows us some of the other things that could be going on with your health.
For example, a woman visited her dentist because ulcers have been giving her problems for some time and she’d had enough. Assuming they’d go away on their own, she didn’t see the need to go get them checked out at first. Granted, she hadn’t gone to the dentist in quite some time.
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A life saving diagnosis
What she found was that the ulcers were only a small part to a much bigger issue. With some great luck, the dentists found that this much bigger issue was only in its early stages and could have become much worse if she would have waited longer.
The condition was Pemphigus Vulgaris, a very rare autoimmune disease that causes painful rashes and blisters all over the body—it’s considered life threatening. If she had waited any longer, she could have seen this rash appear everywhere else on her body, which would be an indication it’s too late to treat.
What early diagnosis can do for you
There’s a whole world of scary diseases out there. A lot of those diseases have symptoms that start in the mouth or at least have earlier symptoms in there. By visiting the dentist regularly, you can do a lot to have these diseases be identified early on.
If you’re experiencing symptoms you just aren’t sure about, you should see a dentist anyway. That way, you can get early diagnosis and early treatment.