Four Reasons Why Oral Health is Important for Your Self-Care

What do you call a dentist’s office? A filling station.

The dentist may not be everyone’s idea of a good time but have you ever considered it a part of your self-care routine? Self-care is important to incorporate into your routine because it can help reduce the negative effects of stress in your life. So how can a dentist do this? The dentist can help you look and feel your best by keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy and pain-free. In honor of National Dentist Day on March 6th, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should incorporate oral health into your self-care routine!

Oral Cancer Detection:

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup. Diagnosing oral cancer in its early stages is key to treating it successfully. Your dentist is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms before it becomes life-threatening.

Tooth Decay Prevention:

Dentists can help prevent dental disease or detect it early enough to stop it. They are trained to detect early signs of dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. People with severe gum disease may also be vulnerable to developing coronary artery disease. The early detection of these issues could not only save your life but also prevent years of unwanted tooth decay pain.

Fresher Looking Smile:

They can help you get a whiter and brighter smile in mere minutes at the dentist's office! Dentists can perform in-office bleaching that will make your teeth whiter and brighter for up to five years. Professional teeth whitening delivers optimum results in a relatively short amount of time under the supervision of a dentist.

Head, Neck and Lymph Node Check:

In addition to checking inside your mouth dentists are also trained to check your neck, jaw and lymph nodes for signs of any swelling, lumps or abnormalities. Not having regular dental checkups has been shown to drastically reduce how often your neck and thyroid glands are checked. This check can alert you of any issues and your dentist can refer you to the appropriate medical professional.

A regular dental checkup is important to incorporate into your self-care routine because it takes care of present and future you! According to the American Dental Association, you should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional. If you are new to campus or looking for a new local dentist Tech Dentistry located within Stamps Health Services is a convenient, well respected and comprehensive dental clinic. For more information about this clinic go to

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