Why regular dental visits are important
Regular six-month dental visits are an incredibly important part of maintaining both your oral health and your general health. Most dentists will recommend that you have your teeth and mouth examined every six months to ensure that your health is in tip-top shape. There are a number of reasons why the six-month mark is recommended.
Why six months?
Your mouth is a window into your health. Remember, many diseases and illnesses first make themselves present within the mouth. In fact, many bacteria based infections can be recognised just from a mouth swab. For this reason, you should be keeping your mouth as healthy as possible to avoid serious health risks.
A part of practising a proper health routine, aside from brushing and flossing, is having regular check-ups. Only a professional health professional like a dentist can identify certain issues. Dentists are specially trained to assess your mouth, recognise problems, and carry out or recommend solutions. Additionally, often dental issues, such as tooth decay, aren’t easily detectable until very late stages. A dentist will be far more likely to pick up on these issues before they become too serious.
What is involved in a check-up?
This six-month dental visit can vary from dentist to dentist. At Lutwyche Dental, a general dentistry check-up involves a comprehensive assessment of your mouth. When coming in for a check-up at Lutwyche you can expect:
- A full examination of gums, bones and teeth: Your teeth, gums, and bones will be carefully looked over. Issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, any problems with your jaw bone and affected facial structure will be considered.
- Scaling, clean and polish: Tooth decay is a prevailing issue and this is caused by bacteria and plaque build-up. At your check-up, your teeth will be professionally and thoroughly cleaned by a dentist.
- Advice on oral hygiene: When a dentist examines your mouth they can let you know of problem areas and give you advice on your oral hygiene efforts. If you aren’t brushing or flossing enough or have a diet that is not so tooth-friendly, your dentist will be able to give you advice on keeping your teeth clean.
- X-rays (if required): If your dentist identifies any issues to do with your teeth, gums or bones that need an x-ray, then we are more than happy to comply.
After your experienced dentist has made this assessment they will be able to recommend a treatment plan based on their findings.
At our dental practice, we like to say that there are no ‘hidden costs’ when it comes to your treatment plan. Where possible, we will tell patients upfront how much their treatment will cost and offer complimentary quotes that are available for up to 3 months.
What happens after a check-up?
After your check-up, you are free to consider the results and pursue the treatment plan recommended by your dentist. Of course, it’s important to maintain your oral health with proper hygiene habits. By brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes, along with flossing, you can greatly reduce the risk of plaque build-up and tooth decay. In addition to this, having a diet that is low in sugary foods, drinks high in acidity, and caffeine will greatly benefit your teeth.