Some of the benefits of a regular checkup are less pain, less stress, and even less money long-term, here is why:
There is a good old saying (you would hear it from your dentist all the time) “see you in 6 months”. Have you ever wondered why? This routine can save you time and money – regular checkups help prevent bigger issues from happening or treating them early so that they are not invasive and expensive.
Prevention plays a huge role in keeping your mouth healthy. If you are going to your dentist regularly, your mouth is able to be monitored for dental problems like decay or gum disease. Tooth decay, if spotted in the early stages, can be reversed with the help of local fluoride treatments that your Dentist or Hygienist can give you. There are also some formulations that you can use as advised by your Dentist to remineralize your teeth to prevent a filling. If it has gone past the stage of remineralizing, you can still get away with a small filling, but only if we catch it early enough.
Not seeing a Dentist regularly poses a risk of these ‘small baby holes’ getting bigger over time and may end up needing root canal treatments or extractions which are often expensive and invasive options.
Gum disease is a slowly progressing, painless disease. You may have advanced gum disease without having any pain, even to the extent that a tooth may need extraction. If you are one of those, seeing a Dentist and Dental Hygienist regularly will help slow down and maintain the gum disease. The Hygienist gives you a deep professional cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial build-up from your mouth, that time also gives them an opportunity to talk to you about any problem areas. They may notice an area or areas of your mouth that you may be missing in your hygiene routine. Stepping up your hygiene means keeping your mouth healthy and keeps an eye on gum disease.
Cracked Teeth Or Teeth Fractures
Modern life is very busy and also stressful. We may be clenching or grinding without actually realising it. This can cause cracks or small chips in our teeth. There is no way we will be able to notice them without checking and these are other problems which if detected early, can be repaired by your dentist before you suffer a full tooth fracture.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings have become a part of routine dental exams. Your dentist will lookout for any suspicious lesions in your mouth. You will not be able to notice these till they become ulcerated or painful. Oral cancer, if detected in the early stages is treatable and the treatment needed may not be too invasive.
When was the last time you had a check-up?
If you haven’t been in a while or are due for your 6 monthly visit, call us now to book the appointment.