When you visit the dentist, you get more than clean, shiny teeth. Regular dental visits are a way to prevent dental disease and to check for signs of other diseases. If your mouth or neck do show any signs of disease, your dentist can help you get early treatment.


  • Your dentist will check for tooth decay and treat it if needed.
  • Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, loss of confidence and tooth loss.


Mouth and Throat Cancer Screenings

  • Mouth and throat cancer are deadly diseases. Almost 4 in 10 patients diagnosed with these cancers will die within five years.
  • Your dentist checks your mouth and neck for signs of cancer every time you visit. Cancers that are found early can lead to better outcomes.


The Mouth Can Show if the Body is Not Healthy

  • Diseases that affect the entire body (such as diabetes) may first be noticed because of mouth sores, gum disease or other oral problems. Your dentist is trained to notice these symptoms.
  • Your dentist will keep your general health in mind when planning your oral treatment. He or she may refer you to a physician if needed.

Even patients with dentures need an oral health checkup. Plus, over time, dentures can become loose because of changes in your gums and bones. Your dentist will make sure your gums are healthy, look for signs of cancer and check your dentures for proper fit.

At every exam, your dentist checks your mouth and neck for signs of disease. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, so visit your dentist regularly.

Content provided by theĀ American Dental Association.

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