Dental check-ups shouldn’t just be booked if you or your child has a dental problem that needs addressing. You can go one step further than that and prevent the likelihood of a dental problem ever occurring. Booking regular dental check-ups is an important step in realising this.
Whilst many of us believe our teeth are in good shape, the dentist is better qualified to determine this. The dentist is in the best position to deliver regular dental care and tackle problems early on which saves you from expensive dental treatment.
The reality is, whilst we continue to brush and floss our teeth regularly, there are some things you may miss without an all-important check-up that the dentist can locate in seconds.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of regular dental check-ups to your oral health.
Oral Cancer Prevention and Detection
Oral cancer can become an extremely serious disease that can manifest into your bloodstream. Oral cancer cannot be diagnosed unless the signs are detected early to avoid it becoming life threatening. As part of a dental check-up, one of the first tasks for the dentist is to detect signs of oral cancer. The dentist seeks signs of dead tissue in the mouth, something that is impossible to locate at home.
Plaque and Cavity Protection
Sometimes when brushing and flossing, we think that we’ve covered all contours of teeth, so they become squeaky clean. Usually, this is always wrong. There are always stubborn areas in the mouth that are missed through brushing and flossing. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on teeth, usually from food consumption. If the plaque remains on teeth, this invites bacteria to build, creating a hole within the centre of the tooth known as a cavity. This can become dangerous and manifest itself into tooth decay if not treated.
Learn Positive Oral Health Habits
Many bad habits can have a negative impact on teeth without realising. What about opening packaging or biting on something hard? Do you bite your nails or grind your teeth at night? These are natural bad habits that degrade teeth without realising. The dentist will always assess any oral damage caused by these habits and provide recommendations on how to avoid these negative habits, whilst replacing them with positive habits to look after your teeth.
Consultation About Cosmetic Dentistry
Do you wake up in the morning and wonder what it’s like to have white shiny teeth? Dentistry has advanced on a large scale with treatments to transform your smile now becoming available. The popularity of cosmetic dentistry is something that could natural appeal to you. However, to qualify for cosmetic dentistry, your oral health must be in an acceptable state, more reason to book regular dental check-ups!
Locate Signs Of Gum Disease
Plaque and tartar build up can go further than just tooth decay. It can also lead to periodontal disease when the decay leads to infection and progresses to the tissue attached to the gum. This breaks down the strength of your teeth and can lead to them falling out. The dentist will ensure a deep clean to remove any plaque stuck on teeth.
If you’re doubting the need for a dental check-up, its time to reconsider that thought. The dentist ensures that your oral health is strong enough so you can continue to smile with confidence. An oral health issue can develop quickly and potentially become dangerous to your overall wellbeing. You’ll be doing yourself a favour if you book regular dental check-ups at your local dentist.
If you’re seeking a local dentist for a check-up, contact us today and we’d be delighted to help you.