We understand that a visit to the dentist for a check-up is not everyone’s idea of a fun day out. One trend that we have noticed with check-ups however, is that when some patients get a tick of health, they consider skipping a check-up or two.
With Covid, other patients have skipped a check up and might be wondering if they can just keep putting it off. There is a lot of proof however, that this is not a good idea. The below are five examples of reasons why you should try not to skip a dental appointment.
1. You Will Have Cleaner Teeth
It doesn’t matter how well you brush; plaque and tartar can still build up on your teeth. These substances are best removed in a dental chair by a dentist or dental hygienist. This can help prevent cavities and keep your teeth looking brighter and whiter. Polishing your teeth at a check up also helps to maintain your bright smile.
Along with this, an oral fluoride treatment applied to your teeth during a check-up, helps to strengthen the enamel and prevents decay.
2. Cavities Can Be Spotted and Dealt With Sooner
When a cavity first begins to form, you may not have any pain, or you may not be able to feel it with your tongue. The first signs of pain usually only occur when a cavity has got quite large. Repairing a small cavity is a much simpler, less traumatic, and less expensive procedure than a large cavity.
One of the main purposes of a check-up is to spot the early signs of cavities and to plan the action needed to prevent them getting worse.
3. Issues Such as Mouth Cancer Can Be Detected Early
The occurrence of oral cancers is rising, and they are often first noticed by a dentist at a check-up. Like most cancers, the sooner mouth cancer or throat cancers are identified the better chance you have of recovery.
If you have a family history of oral cancers, a regular dental check-up is a great idea and at Koo Wee Rup Dental, we complete an oral cancer check at each check-up.
4. Gum Disease Can Be Avoided
Gum diseases often occur when there is a tartar build up along the gum line. The infection can cause the gum to loosen and move away from your teeth. This is what Gingivitis is. There are other gum diseases too and they can cause a wide range of problems to your gums, your teeth and even the bone which supports your teeth.
The early onset of gum diseases can be picked up during a dental check-up, and a plan can be made to take care of it. If gum disease is already present, our dental team can assist in maintaining the level and avoid any extra bone loss through deep cleaning and oral health education.
5. Your Overall Health Is Linked To Your Oral Health
There is a strong link that can be made between your oral health, and the overall health of your body. The condition of your teeth and gums can affect so many other systems, including respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems to name a few.
Regular dental check ups are a step in the right direction for the health of your entire body.
Depending how long it has been since you have visited a dentist, the procedure of a check up may differ. While a regular check up will include looking for cavities and cleaning your teeth, if you have not been for a while, your dentist may recommend other procedures too.
If you would like to book a dentist appointment with us to check your teeth, or if you have a concern, just phone or contact our friendly team today.