A dental check-up is the foundation of all your dental treatment. By attending regularly you can help to ensure your teeth are kept in tip top condition.
A dental check-up, also referred to as a dental examination allows the dentist to fully assess the health of your teeth and gums and identify any areas of early decay, acid erosion, toothbrush abrasion or gum disease.
Regular check-ups help you to maintain a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. By identifying any issues early, it is possible to save a lot of pain, time and money!
The dentist will first perform a thorough check of your mouth, they will use a small mirror to look closely at your teeth and identify areas of plaque build-up, decay or gum disease.
It may be necessary for them to take x-rays to fully assess areas not visible to the naked eye, such as tooth roots, surfaces between teeth and bone levels in your jaw. They will then clean and polish your teeth to remove any calculus or staining that can accumulate over time. The dentist will also offer you advise on lifestyle choices that may be having a detrimental effect on your oral health.
If you require any further treatment the dentist will discuss all the possible options available, allowing you to make an informed decision on the treatment needed. Dental check-ups are usually carried out every six months, but this will vary depending on the health of your teeth and gums, your dentist will be able to advise you on how often you need to visit.
Benefits of a dental check-up
Dental check-ups cut costs – By ensuring any problems are identified early you can reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
Dental check-ups maintain your oral health – By removing any plaque or calculus build up, you can reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and help to keep gum disease under control.
Dental check-ups improve your self-esteem – Your smile can say a lot about you and performs an important role in creating a good impression as you interact with other people. Regular dental visits will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy but give you the confidence to show off your winning smile.
Dental check-ups help maintain your overall wellbeing – Oral health is linked to your overall health. Besides cancer, poor dental hygiene can result in issues such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis (fragile bones).