November 13, 2018

Is a six-month dental check-up necessary?

Why do I need a dental check-up?

A check–up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Dental problems if left untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it is best to deal with the dental diseases early or if possible, prevent them altogether.

What happens during a dental check-up?

At each check-up your dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums & mouth.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about and give you advice on your diet, smoking, alcohol use and teeth cleaning habits.
  • Discuss a date for your next visit.

What about dental treatments?

You may have other appointments for dental treatments such as filling, teeth cleaning (scaling & polishing), tooth removal, tooth replacement. 

X-Rays (Radiographs)

Depending on what needs to be investigated and how long it has been since your last x-ray, an OPG or an Intra Oral Radiograph will be taken.

Oral hygiene instruction

If your gums bleed or gum disease is detected, there are ways to improve your oral hygiene. You will be surprised to know that a gum disease is linked to other health related issues such as diabetes and heart disease. So, it is not only important to maintain your oral health, but also your overall health in general.

Scaling and Polishing

Every six months you should have the buildup of deposits removed professionally. This build up inhibits your ability to clean your teeth & gums effectively and leads to decay and/or gum disease.

Prevention is the key

Being proactive is highly recommended when it comes to oral health. Seeing your dentist for regular checkups is not only the best way for you to take care of your dental hygiene, but it is also necessary step for preventing oral disease.

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