WHAT ARE DENTAL CHECK-UPS
Dental check-ups are an integral part of any dental care regimen. They are a routine appointment with the dentist to assess the overall health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. During a check-up, the dentist will typically check for any cavities, gum disease, signs of oral cancer, and other potential issues.
It is recommended by dentists that everyone should have a dental check-up at least once every six months. These check-ups allow your dentist to detect potential problems early on, so they can be addressed quickly and easily. This helps prevent more serious issues down the line, such as tooth loss, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems, which may require more complex dental treatments or even cause pain if they are not addressed by a dental professional.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DENTAL CHECK-UP?
During the appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, check for cavities, assess any existing dental work, and may take X-rays of your teeth to check for underlying issues. The dentist will also look for any signs of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. A dental check-up typically also includes a professional teeth cleaning, to remove stubborn plaque that remained despite toothbrushing. Your dentist can discuss good oral hygiene habits and provide advice and recommendations on how to improve your oral health. Most dental check-ups take around 30 minutes to complete, and if no issues are detected, even quicker. They are generally not painful, and the dentist will always take care to cause minimal discomfort.
WHO ARE DENTAL CHECK-UPS FOR?
Dental check-ups are recommended for everyone, from children to adults. Children should start visiting the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. They are especially important for people with a higher risk of oral health issues, such as those who use tobacco products, have a family history of oral cancer, suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, or have poor oral hygiene habits. Early detection and treatment can help prevent more serious problems in the future. By having a regular dental check-up every six months, you can help ensure your mouth, teeth, and gums stay healthy for years to come. Visit Woodbourne Dental for quality preventative dental care for all ages.
DO I NEED A DENTAL CHECK-UP?
If you haven't been to the dentist in a while, now is the best time to make an appointment to assess your oral health. You may not be aware of any issues, as cavities and plaque build-up can occur without our knowledge and without symptoms until they lead to pain or gum disease. Your dentist can take care of any issues and regular dental visits can prevent any issues from occurring in the first place.