Not only could regularly visiting a professional help to avoid a need for emergency dentistry, it could also flag up any underlying health issues patients may be suffering from.
This is according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, which points out that an oral examination can reveal conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis and eating disorders, US Insurance Online reports.
Furthermore, looking after the teeth could also prevent other problems like lung disease, the organisation said.
Solomon Romano said getting used to a proper oral hygiene regime is essential.
“Regardless of age or ethnicity, it’s important to practice good dental care. People should visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up,” he added.
This follows advice earlier this week from Mary Hayes, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, who told the Norwich Bulletin that people should view their teeth like they do their cars and book them in for a regular ‘MOT’.