5 Benefits of Routine Dental Check-Ups

5 Benefits of Routine Dental Check-Ups

Going for a routine dental check-up is key to maintaining good oral health and hygiene, and we recommend you visit every 6 months to assess your oral health. Our dental team is here to give you the best care, advice, and treatment.

What happens at a dental check-up?

Fitting in your dental check-ups can be difficult due to lifestyle or if you’re a nervous patient. Rest assured, Green Square Dental is here to make you feel comfortable and help you maintain good oral health. This is what you will expect during a dental check-up:

  1. Give a detailed examination. Initially, our dentist will take a thorough look at your teeth and assess them to see if there are any signs of decay.
  2. Discuss any concerns you may have. You may have experienced a change in your teeth since your last dental visit, and it’s a time to talk through if you have any concerns.
  3. Give advice or a treatment plan. If anything has changed and requires treatment, our dentist will give you information and a plan on what is needed, what will happen, and why it’s required. If there’s no treatment necessary, you can book your next appointment.

What are the dental check-up benefits?

Prevent Dental Problems

Even if you have not experienced a toothache or noticed any changes with your teeth between appointments, this doesn’t always mean it isn’t happening. During the initial examination, we will highlight any underlying problems that may be a cause for concern over time.

Your dentist can offer advice on the root cause of the issue and how to prevent it from developing. This could include changes to your oral hygiene routine or lifestyle choices to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Remove Plaque or Tartar Build-up

During your dental check-up, your dentist will identify if there is a build-up of plaque or tartar on your teeth. This happens when food (particularly those high in sugar or starches) is left on the teeth regularly. Most plaque can be removed with the upkeep of a good oral hygiene routine, but if it’s left untreated, the plaque hardens into tartar (or calculus).

Tartar is not easily removed unless it is done by a professional. It can cause serious problems with your teeth if not treated and left for a long period of time. Some common results are the breakdown of enamel and receding gums.

Check for Cavities and Monitor Existing Fillings

During the examination, your dentist will also check for any cavities and spot them before it becomes a deeper problem. You may also get simple x-rays if needed that can help with early detection and set a treatment plan before you experience major discomfort.

If you have existing fillings, your dentist will also check them for signs of wear and tear and give you further information and advice. Sometimes it’s not always obvious to spot when looking in a mirror!

Detect Oral Cancer

If you have any abnormal symptoms, it is always important to discuss this with your dentist. During your check-up, your dentist can spot any abnormalities such as mouth sores, lumps, or lesions within your mouth. Whilst this may not always be a cause for concern, early detection increases the chances of effective treatment. Read more about mouth cancer here.

Maintaining Healthy Habits

There are links between oral health and overall health, so it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. A build-up of bacteria can lead to infections in the mouth or periodontal disease, which can result in the breakdown of the bone and eventually tooth loss.

The build-up of bacteria can impact, or is linked to, diabetes, heart disease, strokes, respiratory problems, or fertility issues. With our tailored advice in your appointments, your dentist can help you maintain healthy living.

Contact Us

Here at Green Square Dental, we always provide you with the utmost care and attention to get your oral health to the best it can be. If you’re looking for more information on our dental check-ups and their cost, get in touch with our team!

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