For the most part, your body is pretty good about letting you know when things aren’t going well. Your nose stuffs up, your ears hurt, you run a fever. If you suffer an injury, you’ll notice redness, a bruise, swelling.
This isn’t always true, however. Many health issues are “silent” – that is, they occur without any obvious signs. Some examples of this include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even many types of cancer. Many people have no idea they have these conditions until they are diagnosed during a routine checkup.
Dental issues are often the same way. Routine dental check-ups are a necessity because they allow your dentist in Jonesboro to identify problems as early as possible, when they can often be treated with simple, conservative measures.
At Dental Solutions, our goal is to help our patients stay healthy for a lifetime and avoid pain whenever possible. A dental check-up with Dr. Bret Burris is one of the best ways to make that happen.
Some of the problems we can catch during your dental exam that might otherwise go unnoticed for months – or even years – include:
- Cavities – These spots of decay start out small and usually aren’t noticed until they become bigger and hit the pulp.
- Periodontal (gum) disease – Caused by build-up of plaque and tartar at the gumline, early signs include gum swelling and redness, which are easy to miss.
- Grinding and clenching – Because these problems often happen while you are asleep, it’s easy to miss the warning signs. Over time, other problems are likely to develop as well, including worn and fractured teeth, jaw pain, and even migraine headaches.
- Oral cancer – It’s easy to miss the early warning signs of oral cancer, which can include discolored patches in the soft tissues of the mouth. Every examination includes an oral cancer screening to identify any unusual changes in your mouth.
If it’s been a while since your last check-up, don’t put it off any longer! We’ll help you get back on track without any judgment.
Call our Jonesboro dental office today to get started!