Going to the dentist is not most people’s idea of fun, but dental check-ups are really important for both your oral and general health. If you have a check-up every 6 months, your risk of developing gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay, will be lowered significantly.
What happens during a dental check?
When you go for a check-up at the dentist’s, your dentist will have a thorough look inside your mouth and check for signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer and general wear and tear. If you are free from any issues, your dentist will probably give your teeth a quick clean and polish and you will be asked to come back for another check-up in 6 month’s time.
If you need further treatment, such as a filling, a crown or root canal treatment, another appointment will be scheduled.
Your dentist may also take a minute to talk to you about your diet and your oral hygiene regime. If you have any questions, you can fire away and your dentist will do their best to answer them.
How long does a check-up take?
Check-ups are completely painless and they usually only take between 5 and 15 minutes.
How often should I go to the dentist?
Most patients are advised to have a check-up every 6 months, but if you have a clean bill of oral health, you may only need to go every 9 months. If you are prone to oral health problems, more frequent check-ups may be advised. If you develop symptoms, including swollen or bleeding gums, tooth pain or sensitivity, between check-ups, you should schedule an earlier appointment with your dentist.