If you are avoiding a dental check-up due to cost, time or even anxiety about the dental chair, knowing the risks of skipping your next check-up might make you reconsider and prioritise your appointment.
While skipping your next dental check-up might not seem like a big deal, regular dental check-ups, teeth cleaning and preventative dental care are important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and ensuring any significant health concerns do not go unnoticed.
Why is your dental check-up so important?
1. Prevents cavities caused by plaque and tartar build-up.
Even for the most diligent brushers and flossers, there are areas of the mouth that are missed by your regular toothbrush and dental floss. If plaque builds up in your teeth, it becomes solid (tartar) and is extremely hard to remove. Regular dental cleanings will remove plaque and tartar that could otherwise cause your teeth to erode or get cavities. A cleaning appointment is much more affordable than getting a filling due to destructive plaque or tartar.
2. Identifies early signs of and prevents gum disease.
A build up of tartar can cause infection in your gums, making the gum pull away from the tooth. As this calculus progresses it can cause the tissue and bones attaching the teeth to your gums to breakdown, which can result in swelling, bleeding and teeth falling out over time. Treating gum disease requires many dental appointments and can be costly. During your regular check-ups, your dentist will check for signs of gum disease to prevent it occurring and blowing out your wallet.
3. Early diagnosis of serious oral health and dental conditions.
During your dental check-up, your dentist will look for any issues lying under the surface that need early diagnosis and quick treatment. Oral cancer, for example, is one of the most unforgiving forms of cancer and early detection is vital to successfully treat it, so your dental check-up is extremely important for your overall health and wellbeing.
4. It keeps your smile white and bright.
Some areas of the mouth are hard to reach and some foods and drinks can stain your teeth in a way that can’t be removed by your toothbrush and dental floss at home. Regular teeth cleaning during your dental check-up will ensure your smile stays white and dazzling by removing plaque, tartar and food debris from hard to reach places aswell as cleaning off any stains on your teeth.
5. It prevents you from blowing out your wallet on expensive treatments for preventable conditions.
We all know how important it is to have our cars serviced regularly to keep them running efficiently and to avoid any hefty costs of new parts that otherwise could have been avoided. Your teeth are much the same. Your regular dental check-up is relatively inexpensive compared to the higher costs of treatments due to neglecting your oral health.
What will a dentist do during my check-up?
If this is your first appointment with your dentist, he/she will ask you about your prior dental history. He/she will also discuss your treatment expectations prior to examining your teeth and gums, and may take an x-ray of your teeth, supporting structures and of any areas that can’t be viewed in your mouth.
These records will give your dentist a more informed understanding of your current dental health. This will ensure they are able to provide the best treatment options for your needs.
Your regular check-up will have two main parts:
1. The examination.
Your dentist will check all surfaces of your teeth to check for decay or weakness of tooth enamel. They will check your gums for early signs of gum disease and check the remaining soft tissues (e.g. tongue and cheeks) for any signs of the need for pathology.
2. Professional teeth cleaning.
Your dentist will professionally clean your teeth using a gritty paste that removes any surface stains.
At Profilo° Dental, we follow a tailored treatment plan to ensure you get the most out of your oral care.
If this is your first visit, your dentist will develop a treatment plan that includes a number of options specifically designed for you. If this is a regular check-up, your dentist will continue to follow or adjust your treatment plan where necessary to ensure you get the best results.
How often should I visit my dentist?
Everyone is different, and we can work out how often you should have a check-up based on the condition of your teeth and gums. This is usually every 6 months, but may be less or more depending on your individual needs.
Where can I see a dentist?
Profilo° Dental has clinics located both in Newcastle and Sydney. For more information on your local clinic and to book your next dental check-up, click here.