When was the last time you went to the dentist for a check up? If you’re not sure, then it’s been too long. It is recommended that you have a dental check up every six months.
Some people need to visit more frequently, for example patients with gum disease, dental implants or a weakened immune system. In some (rare) cases, where somebody has had flawless, strong teeth year after year, the time between check-ups can be extended. However, we at Station Square Dental recommend that the majority of people get their teeth checked twice a year.
Why do I need regular dental check-ups?
The health of your teeth is something not to be taken lightly. If you have ever felt tooth pain, then you know that it can be debilitating and affect the quality of your life, and poor dental hygiene can also cause gum disease.
Also, if you think of the mouth as the gateway to the rest of your body, you can see how the bacteria and infection from tooth decay and gum disease can actually increase your likelihood of serious illnesses including cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Do I really need to go to the dentist?
Most cavities and other dental issues don’t cause pain until they are quite advanced, that is why regular check-ups at the dentist is the best prevention against cavities or oral health diseases. A cavity can be developing in a tooth for a long time before there are any visible signs or noticeable pain. As with many other health issues, tooth decay is most easily treated if dealt with early. Having one of our professionals at Station Square Dental catch a problem before it progresses can be the difference between a small, hardly noticeable filling and having to undergo much more extensive treatment.
What happens during a routine dental check-up?
A dental check-up is not an unpleasant experience. In fact at Station Square Dental, it’s often a comforting one. It can be a load off the mind to be told your teeth are in good shape, or to have a problem seen to and dealt with. During your check-up we will ask questions about your lifestyle and habits, whether you smoke, drink or eat a lot of sugary food, whether you floss regularly or forget (like many of us) until you have food stuck in your teeth.
Your mouth will be examined closely, as we’ll be looking for any signs of decay, testing the health of your gums, but also, vitally, checking for signs of more serious problems, such as cancer. Some patients need little more than this, but many patients will need x-rays during their check up. X-rays pick up on any problems lying below the surface, especially with previous dental work such as fillings.
At the end of your check-up, we will give you advice on tooth care and lifestyle. If further treatment is needed then this will be explained in detail to you and your next appointment will need to be made.
So, now you know the whys, whens and hows, make an appointment with us here at Station Square Dental in Oakleigh, Melbourne, remember prevention is better than cure.