Why Dental Check-Ups Are Important?
Almost half of the Australian population receive regular check-ups from their dentist. While it’s pleasing to know that a substantial number of Australians see the importance of a healthy mouth, it still means that at least half of them don’t.
Seeing a dentist at least twice a year is essential for the health of your teeth and gums, but not nearly enough people are doing it. One in six Australians is fearful or experiences anxiety at dental appointments, while others just aren’t getting around to it. It’s crucial that you buck the trend and book in for a twice-annual appointment. Below are five of the many reasons why it’s a good idea.
- Small issues may not turn into big ones
People who delay their dental visits can often find that a once-preventable problem is now substantially bigger. During a twice-annual appointment, your dentist not only looks out for cavities and decay but gives your teeth a thorough clean before pointing out potential issues in the future. By doing so, they are giving you the opportunity to take action sooner rather than later.
- You can receive helpful advice that’s catered to you
If you find yourself in discomfort, or your mouth or teeth just don’t feel right, your dentist can come up with a solution that’s catered to you. While Google is helpful, it’s not a doctor or a dentist, and its treatment methods for particular ailments aren’t always correct. Your dentist will know what brush to use, how often to floss, which toothpaste is best for your teeth, and more.
- Gum disease is picked up sooner rather than later
Gum disease can be excruciating, but unfortunately, Gingivitis and Periodontitis are more common than they should be. Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene and can cause pain, discomfort, bleeding gums, and swelling. If left untreated, you may be at risk of losing your teeth. By getting regular check-ups with your dentist, you may be able to prevent gum disease in the first place.
- You can save money
Many people choose to avoid seeing the dentist because they believe it’s too expensive. However, by the time you decide to go, you’re often in a lot of pain, and the cost can be substantially higher than if you kept on top of your oral hygiene and checks. Small amounts of decay can be removed at regular check-ups with ease, but if left there, it can turn into something far more painful and expensive. In essence, staying on top of oral hygiene is cheaper than not doing it at all.
- Dentists can check for irregularities
A dentist’s priority is ensuring your teeth and gums are in excellent condition, but did you know they are also often the first to spot serious problems such as oral cancers and vitamin deficiencies? If your dentist ever looks at your tongue, lips, cheeks, neck, or jaw, they are making sure no other visible problems are evident. In some cases, this can be a lifesaver.
The thought of seeing the dentist twice in a year can put many people off, but doing so can be the difference between a healthy mouth, and one that requires treatment. Book in to see your dentist today, and sign up for alerts to ensure you stay on top of your oral hygiene and care.