How often and why?
Unlike regular health check-ups which may leave some health conditions undetected, a dental check up is a sure way to catch any potential issue, threatening to damage your oral health. When carried out every six months, check-ups will inevitably save you money, pain, and plenty of time.
A dental check-up is a pain-free procedure. Your dentist will review your teeth and your gums and will advise you if anything needs to be treated. With gum disease being irreversible and cavities able to lead to teeth extractions, the more regular you are with your dental check-ups, the more confident you’ll be about the health of your teeth.
Dental check-up for early caries treatment
One of the most easily ignored dental problems, caries, is the “bad boy” of your oral health. It is caused by the acids, produced when sugars in food and drink react with the bacteria in our mouth. In the initial stages, the caries is only a softened patch of enamel, demineralised by the acids. When discovered and treated at this stage, the dentist will remove the soft material and apply composite resin to restore the integrity of the tooth.
If left untreated, caries starts making its way further destroying the enamel of the tooth and aiming for the nerves inside the tooth. Once they are hit, a root canal treatment may be required.
Caries (even in early stages) cannot be removed with brushing; the only adequate treatment is a filling. Book your regular dental check-up to avoid unnecessary tooth decay complications.
Dental check-up to prevent gum disease
Over the years, dentists have come to realise that one of the essential oral health issues to be addressed is gum disease. When the gums become infected, irreversible recession progress begins. This means that once you’ve lost gum tissue, there’s nothing you can do to revert the process. Gum recession in itself leads to a series of issues, including bone recession and teeth loss.
The best approach to gum health is prevention. A regular dental check-up will allow your dentist to monitor the state of your gums and recommend treatment or more adequate measures if the gums become infected.
Gum check-up is entirely painless. During the procedure, your dentist will measure the pockets forming between the teeth and gums, and ensure the soft tissue is firm, and no bleeding occurs. If there’s an infection at a specific area, your dentist may recommend a medical mouthwash, or a more regular hygiene schedule (every 3 or 4 months).
Your gum health can easily be monitored with regular dental check-ups, and preventive measures will help you keep your gums healthy for life.
Dental check-up if you have bad breath
Having a bad breath is not only an unpleasant experience for you and those around you; it is a symptom of an underlying issue with your oral or general health.
If you have recently made a change in your diet or can sense the foul odour coming from your throat or stomach, we recommend seeing your GP. But if there’s an unpleasant smell originating from the area around a specific tooth, you need to book a dental check-up.
While caries will seldom reveal itself by causing bad breath in the early stages, gum issues are easily detected with this symptom. The smell usually comes from a “pocket” in the gums, created around one or more teeth. Small particles of food start building up in this area, reacting with the bacteria inside the mouth and resulting in an unpleasant smell and taste. If left untreated, the infection can cause severe gum infection, recession, and even teeth loss.
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