You likely know when you go to the local Austin dentist for your regular checkups that he checks your teeth for cavities, cleans them, and checks your gums for signs of gum disease. However, there are quite a few other things your dentist checks for when you see him. Today, we’re going to cover three things your dentist checks for that you may not be aware of.
When your dentist is poking around inside of your mouth, he is looking for signs of oral cancer. It’s important to look for potentially worrisome signs at every checkup because oral cancer is a very real threat.
When you see your dentist for your regular checkups, they’re not only taking care of your oral health, they’re also caring for your overall health. For example, if you let gum disease or decaying teeth go without treatment, it can lead to serious problems with your overall health, such as heart problems.
Many people try to chew gum, rinse with mouthwash, or brush their teeth right before going to the dentist simply because they think it’s the courteous thing to do. While we don’t recommend going to the dentist after eating some garlic chicken, you also don’t want to mask your mouth’s natural odor because it’s a key sign as to whether or not you have dental hygiene issues.
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