How often should you have a dental check-up?
A lot of our patients often ask us how often they should come in for a check-up and clean
Dr Phil and his team advise their patients on when to come in and visit them on each individual case. Each of their valued patients has different oral health issues and concerns. Some can be more predisposed to some oral health issues like oral cancers or periodontitis than others, which means they will need more regular dental check-ups.
By scheduling and attending your regular check-up and clean can be the best thing you can do for your pearly whites. Distinctive Dental Care can assess and track your oral health and catch any potential issues early. This can reduce your chances of having to undergo major restorative treatments and potentially save you thousands in the long run.
So, how often should I have a dental check-up?
Unfortunately this isn’t a straightforward answer. As every patient has a:
- Different age
- Diverse background
- Individual diet
- Distinct lifestyle choices
The suggestion of how often to come in for a dental check-up and clean will change. Generally speaking, Dr Phil recommends his patients come and visit the Bundaberg practice every six months.
If you have good oral health and hygiene and a low risk of dental problems, six monthly check ups are great. However, if you do have poor oral health and don’t look after your teeth as much as you should, Dr Phil may recommend you come in and visit us every three to four months to get your dental health back on track.
Why is a dental check-up so important?
These regular dental check-ups can often spot small dental issues you may not even know you have. Unless you have discomfort or pain, countless dental issues often go unnoticed. It’s best to deal with these problems early, before they progress into anything serious.
During your initial check-up and clean the team at Distinctive Dental Care will check your teeth for built up plaque, check your gums for gum disease and discuss your dental medical history.
Apart from the health of your mouth, regular check-ups can also be beneficial to your overall health. Some of these benefits include:
- Prevention of gum disease – A build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth is known as gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to the severe stage of gum disease known as periodontitis. If periodontitis isn’t treated quickly, it can cause bone loss and create large spaces between the tooth and gum.
- Keep your natural teeth – If you have poor oral health, the supporting bone in your jaw can be destroyed as the built up plaque moves deep into the roots of your teeth, often resulting in tooth loss. By attending these regular dental check-ups and cleans, Dr Phil can help get your oral health to optimum levels.
- Keep your pearly whites, white – Regular dental check-ups and cleans can help remove the superficial surface stains on your teeth which can be caused by high-pigmented food and drinks and some lifestyle choices, like smoking.
- Avoid bad breath – Halitosis is caused when sulphur-producing bacteria living on the surface of your tongue and throat accumulate. To ensure your breath stays fresh, brush and floss daily and get a professional teeth cleaning every six months.
- Take care of your overall health – Recent high profile studies coming out of the dental industry have revealed a link from gum disease to strokes and heart attacks. These studies are in their infancy however, attending regular teeth cleanings and check-ups may lessen your risk of having a stroke, or even developing heart disease.
Check-ups and cleans from Distinctive Dental Care Bundaberg
Here in Bundaberg, Dr Phil and his experienced team aim to give patients a smile they can be happy about. With regular dental check-ups and cleans they can help you make the most informed decisions about your personal dental treatment.
If you have any questions regarding dental check-ups or want to schedule in your check-up in, contact the team at Distinctive Dental Care today.