Regular dental checkups help you maintain good oral health and a pristine smile.
Your smile says a lot about you – and regular dental checkups are your most powerful ally in maintaining your general and oral health. While you might feel like there is nothing wrong with your teeth, dental examinations allow you to prevent oral health issues, detect problems as they arise, and maintain a pristine smile.
Today, over 30% of adults visit a dentist only if they need treatment – but regular examinations and prevention are crucial to reducing the risk of serious oral and general health issues. During a dental visit, your dentist will not only assess the health of your mouth, gums, and teeth, but they will also examine your face, neck, and jaw. By looking out for lumps and sores, they can detect the early signs of mouth cancer and recommend further checks to reduce the risk of complications. Remember, between 46% and 88% of mouth cancer cases can be preventable!
A dental check up is a short dental appointment during which your dentist will assess the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, face, neck, and jaw. Depending on each case, your dentist might recommend further health examinations such as X-rays to identify underlying health issues such as bone loss.
A dental check up typically involves the following:
- A full examination of mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue
- Questions about any problems you might have been experiencing
- Professional advice regarding your oral health routine, teeth cleaning, diet, and lifestyle
In some cases, your dentist might clean your teeth to remove any plaque build up and prevent teeth damage and decay, but they are more likely to refer you to the hygienist for a thorough scale & polish.
Depending on your oral health, lifestyle, and potential issues, your dentist will recommend a frequency for your appointments. Generally, you should visit your dentist once a year, but dental checkups can be as frequent as once every three to six months.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The frequency you should see your dentist is influenced by a number of factors, but in general you should get your teeth and mouth checked at least once a year. In some cases, your dentist may recommend you visit them as frequently as every 3 or 6 months.