Having regular dental check-ups is a very important tool for maintaining healthy teeth. Although many people get quite anxious about visiting the dentist, there really is nothing to worry about when going for a check-up (Smile Pad specialises in dealing with nervous dental patients). This blog aims to inform you about what you can expect during a dental check-up, and three important things that they may discover.
What happens during a check-up?
When you go for a check-up, there are several standard procedures your dentist should carry out. These are as follows:
– A full examination of your teeth, gums and mouth.
– Enquire about your general state of health, and if you have suffered from any problems with your mouth, teeth and gums since your last visit.
– Ask about your diet, tobacco and alcohol usage and your teeth-cleaning habits, and offer advice on how to maintain and improve dental health.
– Discuss a date for your next visit.
The usual recommendation is to have a check-up once every six months. However, your dentist will recommend how frequently you need to have check-ups, based on the health and condition of your teeth and gums and the likelihood of problems developing.
3 Important things a check-up could discover
A simple dental check-up can turn up a lot of useful information for you to act upon and is key to preventative dentistry. If your dentist discovers that your teeth are in particularly good condition, you may find that you only have to return for check-ups once every 12 months rather than 6.
However, if there are potential problems with your teeth, a check-up can reveal the symptoms earlier, allowing you and your dentist to act on them sooner. For instance if the check-up reveals evidence of tooth decay or gum disease, effective treatment can begin much earlier, which may remove the need for more complex and expensive intervention and prevent tooth loss.
Finally, a check-up can reveal evidence of more serious health problems, such as oral cancer. Again, this allows crucial intervention to begin much earlier, increasing the likelihood of successful treatment.
If you’d like more information on dental check-ups, or any other aspects of dental health or treatments, be sure to contact us.