We know that going to the dentist is perhaps not the highlight of most people’s social diary, but the reality is that check-ups are really important and if you keep up to date with them, you’ll be doing your health a massive favour. Regular dental checks are beneficial for the look of your smile, as well as your oral and general health and they will also help to save you money in the long-run.
Why are check-ups so important?
Dental check-ups are incredibly important because they allow your dentist to constantly monitor your oral health and identify any potential issues at an early stage. This increases the chance of successful treatment and helps to prevent you from experiencing unpleasant symptoms such as swelling, dental pain and bleeding gums.
Recently, there has been a great deal of media attention on the link between oral and general health and numerous studies have been published that link poor oral health to a heightened risk of systemic illnesses including heart disease and strokes. By taking steps to protect your teeth and gums, you can also help boost your general health.
What happens at a check-up?
Routine dental checks only take a few minutes and you won’t feel any discomfort at all. Your dentist will look into your mouth under a powerful light that enables them to see everything clearly. They will examine the teeth, gums and soft tissue to check for potential issues. Your dentist will also have a look at the tongue, the inside of your cheeks and the throat to look for signs of oral cancer, and they will ask you if you’ve had any pain or issues such as bleeding gums.
If you don’t need any further treatment after your check-up you’ll be free to go and you can book your next appointment for six month’s time. If you do need some treatment, your dentist will discuss this with you and explain what the problem is and how it can be fixed. You can then book an appointment at a time suitable for you.