Going to the dentist is not at the top of the list for most people and it is reported that around 10% of people avoid visiting the dentist because of fear and anxiety.
Regular dental check-ups are critical to maintain your oral health and gums and help in diagnosing and treating other oral health problems.
What Happens in a Dental Check Up?
A regular dental check-up is made up of two parts: the check-up itself and the cleaning.
During the check-up, your dentist will search your teeth for cavities both visually and with a probe. He or she may also use an X-ray to identify cavities between teeth.
Your dentist or hygienist will clean using various tools, for a basic dental cleanse of any plaque or tartar build-up. The dentist may also provide a follow-up plan and schedule appointments if you require additional work such as a root canal or filling.
So, what should you schedule regular check-ups?
It can identify potential problems and prevent future issues
Your dentist does not just check or clean your teeth. He or she can identify or spot concerns that could develop into larger issues. For example, you could have a small cavity which if left unchecked can lead to tooth decay. You may not be aware that a persistent toothache or sharp localised pain when eating or drinking could be a clear indication of tooth decay, but your dentist could provide immediate treatment.
A dentist can also screen for any early signs of oral cancer or other major illnesses.
It could save your teeth
In your adult life, you only have one set of teeth. Losing your teeth could create permanent changes in your mouth due to the remaining teeth shifting on their own. This could cause some discomfort and completely change your smile as you know it.
Saving your teeth is one of the best benefits of regular dental check-ups because it could prevent something that is irreversible.
To get advice on proper dental hygiene
Most of the times we are so busy that we forget to follow proper hygiene. It is essential to brush twice per day and floss once a day. However, many people brush their teeth once per day and never floss. While this may not sound like a big deal, it can lead to problems in the long run.
Good dental hygiene such as brushing your teeth after meals, flossing, gargling with mouthwash, can help you to maintain your oral health long term. Your dentist may even suggest a personalised dental plan which may be customised to your lifestyle.
It can treat bad breath
Everyone has woken up with a serious case of dog breath but most of the time it is usually the result of partying a bit too hard the night before. However, regular bad breath or halitosis can be an indicator of an underlying issue. There could be many reasons for having bad breath such as keto diet or smoking but the most common cause is poor dental hygiene.
Your dentist could identify what is causing halitosis, which may be sometimes as serious as cancers, liver disease or GORD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and why it needs to be attended to immediately.
It can help with related issues
Sometimes you may have issues such as sleep apnea or persistent headaches that could be caused from grinding your teeth at night. With regular check-ups, your dentist may be able to identify and treat these issues.
Even if your dentist is not able to treat you to completely stop the issue, he or she can refer you to an appropriate specialist.
It gives you peace of mind
You may have anxiety or stress caused by tooth pain or worrying about your dental health. Problems such as leaving a decayed tooth in your mouth for too long can lead to potentially serious problems which is why you should regularly visit your dentist.
A dentist will explain what is going inside your mouth, help with pain and discomfort and advise a plan of action. Regular dental check-ups can help with better peace of mind and less stress over worrying how bad a problem could be.
It can help with a good smile
You don’t need to have cosmetic dentistry for a good smile. Regular cleanings can result in not only cleaner but shinier teeth if you follow your dentist’s advice on taking care of your teeth after a clean. Your dentist may suggest cosmetic procedures such as aligners or teeth whitening which will be very specific to you.
With regular check-ups, your dentist can advise you periodically so you can build the best smile and increase your self-esteem.
You don’t need to have dental problems to schedule an appointment.
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