A check-up involves a systematic examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth and will prevent slight problems from becoming major ones. Nowadays, a regular examination uses modern technology and the dentist’s knowledge and skills, all in virtually pain-free surroundings.
During the first consultation, your dentist will find out about your general and oral health. The dentist needs to be updated with your medical background as it may help treat and diagnose problems; for example, diabetes can increase the risk of gum disease and may need changed anesthesia. Certain medications, meanwhile, can cause dry mouth, which can increase your risk of cavities. More importantly, all your medical records will be kept confidential.
What are the reasons you need regular dental check-ups?
1. Even with the most meticulous daily brushers and flossers, there are still small areas in the mouth that are neglected by regular brushing and flossing. When the plaque accumulates, it becomes more difficult to remove them; it may solidify and turn into tartar, which is exceedingly difficult to remove without professional treatment. Fixed dental cleanings can help prevent tartar from eroding teeth or creating holes in them, as this is how cavities are formed. Cavities rarely show symptoms as they develop, only causing pain after the tooth has already decayed. A visit to the dentist is required to treat and fix cavities and other tooth problems. This can all be evaded with regular cleanings that take care of plaque and tartar before it can cause more harm. A cleaning appointment is also more economical than getting a filling, so it’s best to undergo regular dental check-ups.
2. Plaque and tartar collection not only cause tooth decay but can also eat away the mouth’s gum tissues. This happens when tartar build-up causes an infection where the gum is connected to the tooth, making the gum pull away. This infection is called gingivitis, and as it advances, the tissue that secures gums to the teeth breaks down. The treatment of gum disease is subject to the severity of the condition and can include surgery, intense cleaning, and medication. To avoid this, regular dental cleanings are essential in addressing gingivitis before it is too late.
3. This is one of the most vital things your dentist will carry out at every check-up. Dentists will examine for signs of mouth cancer, as well as head and neck cancer. Commonly, these checks will find nothing unusual, but they could save your life.
4. Dentists are not only concerned with fixing teeth. They professionally clean your teeth, keep your teeth and gums healthy, and check for defects that may otherwise not be noticed and could be a sign of more significant health issues. Dental professionals help you correct any habits that may damage your oral health.
Call us at Smile Fresh Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Check-Ups.