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5 Reasons to Schedule a Dental Exam TODAY

Often times we can get caught up in our day-to-day life, neglecting things like routine check-ups. Until, of course, a problem arises. An aching tooth requiring an immediate appointment and sometimes requiring you to take unexpected time off from work or even an unexpected trip to the Emergency Room.

We all know we should make time for routine dental exams. But - if you need some motivation to pick up the phone - here are 5 reasons to schedule that appointment today.

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1. 9 in 10 Adults Have Cavities. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 91% of adults ages 20-64 had cavities. Further, 1 in 4 adults had untreated tooth decay.

2. Complications with Diabetes. If you are one of nearly 30 million Americans reported to be suffering from diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association, you are also at risk of developing gum disease. Working with a dentist to develop and maintain good oral health practices could help you control your diabetes.

3. Early Detection of Oral Cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that 39,500 Americans are expected to get oral cancer in 2015. Your dentist's chair is often the first place that these cancers of the tongue, tounsils, and gums can be identified. Early detection and treatment are critical to survival.