It is likely that you do not go to the dentist as often as you should. Research has found that the overwhelming majority of adults do not go to the dentist on a regular basis. Many of them cite it as an inconvenience. Many of them simply dislike what they perceive to be the pain and discomfort associated with dental procedures. Ironically, the procedures that cause the most discomfort are generally avoidable if you get regular check-ups. A regular dentist visit can help prevent many of the worst dental problems.


Typically, Essex dentists will x-ray your teeth when you go in for a routine visit. A simple x-ray of your teeth can tell them a lot. The root canal of your teeth is the channel that goes down into your gums and carries the tooth’s root. If that becomes inflamed or infected, a doctor might have to drill down into the tooth. However, that is largely avoidable if the doctor is able to x-ray your teeth and see that something has gone wrong. If they see a problem before it grows to be an emergency, a root canal procedure can possibly be avoided.

Plaque Buildup

You can usually get your teeth cleaned when you go to a dentist for a check-up. A teeth cleaning is great from an aesthetic point of view since it generally whitens your teeth slightly. However, it is also great from a health standpoint. If plaque builds up on your teeth, it tends to trap microbes from the food you eat. Those microbes can then get stuck in the plaque built up near the gum line and get infected. That will inflame your gums, causing pain and further dental problems.

All of those problems could be avoided if you visit a dentist every three, six, or 12 months.


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