Oral health is really important but often people overlook this and go for months and even years without going to the dentist.
Why are dental check-ups important?
Dental check-ups are really important because they help to promote good oral health and ensure any conditions are caught and treated early. Regular check-ups allow the dentist to keep an eye on your mouth, look for early warning signs of developing problems and treat existing conditions early. If you leave dental health conditions alone and wait for them to clear up on their own, the chances are that the condition will develop and you will experience pain and other unpleasant symptoms.
In recent years, the number of cases of oral cancer has increased significantly and regular check-ups can help to ensure that cases are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. Early treatment improves survival rates by up to 90 percent so a check-up could literally save your life.
Regular dental check-ups are important for everyone but they are especially important for people who are prone to dental health problems and pregnant women; the hormones secreted during pregnancy increase the risk of gingivitis and studies have shown the gum disease can cause complications during pregnancy and birth and even stillbirth if left untreated.
What happens during a check-up?
Many people worry about going to the dentist but there is no need to panic about your check-up. Most check-ups are over very quickly without any pain or discomfort. During the appointment, your dentist will have a good look around your mouth and check your teeth and gums; they will usually ask you some questions to make sure you haven’t experienced any pain or been suffering from any health conditions, which may affect your oral health. If they notice that you have signs of oral health problems, they will discuss these with you and arrange another appointment so that you can be treated.
Your dentist may also ask about your lifestyle habits and general health; activities such as smoking, eating a poor diet and drinking on a regular basis can have a detrimental effect on oral health, so they will probably advise you to try and quit smoking, cut down on drinking and adopt a healthier diet, if you display symptoms of problems associated with these factors. If your dentist notices signs of poor oral hygiene, they may ask you about your teeth cleaning habits and offer some advice on keeping your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible.
How often should I go for a check-up?
The length of time you leave between check-ups usually depends on your oral health; if you have good oral health, you may be advised to wait twelve months between check-ups but if you have oral health problems, you may be advised to go back every three to six months. If you experience symptoms such as tooth pain, swelling, bleeding gums or bad breath you should try to see your dentist as soon as possible so they can determine the cause of the problems and treat them.
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